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According to my J.C. Harrison book, that barrel is a Colt Type 1 and was only used in the serial range of 100-6500. It would be a very rare barrel if authentic.
 

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It appears to be a type 1 (can't positively tell if that "H" is horizontal).
However, since it sold just the one pic comes up -- makes is tough to
authenticate it.

If I would have seen that puppy and was convinced it was legit I would
have HAPPILY paid $1,250 for it. I have an early pistol that "needs" one.

Always a day late, a dollar short.................
 

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The barrel is much later. The cut out for the link is wrong. The marking is fake. It's a crappy barrel someone humped up to sell.

The top of the lugs look like they've been ground out, too...probably to remove markings. I'm beginning to think it isn't even a M1911 barrel at all.
 

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I went back to the "original auction pics" and looked at them -- I didn't know you could do that
once it was closed.

Thanks Scott for the great pics of an original barrel. After looking at yours it's easy to see the
one in the auction was not correct.
 

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There are several specific characteristics of a real "Horizontal H" barrel. Most of them are demonstrated in the pictures in post # 5.

Anyone searching for one, should (?), most likely, find someone (or several) that can hands-on educate them on those characteristics.

(There are a lot of fakes!)
 
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