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Well...some of them became 4-digit pistols!

It might be difficult to believe, but the factory letter explains it. Colt Government Model C414 was assembled 8 August 1912, but did not have a proper serial number. The number may have been lightly stamped, partially stamped or simply mis-stamped. So the pistol had to be reworked. To track the pistol through the rework, the serial number was stamped on top of the receiver rail. The rework was completed 7 October 1912.

By the time the pistol was reworked, Colt was up in the 2100 serial range for GM pistols. The style of number changed from stylized to block.



A better shot of the reflective oil blue finish and the serial number

The original serial number of the pistol

Just so you don't think I make these stories up... :)
 

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Besides being a wonderful pistol, this example shows how confusing a Colt that is reworked While Still Brand New inside the factory can be. Many examples of All Colts certainly exist that were similarly reworked and are now a mystery to collectors. Luckily C414 had a misplace serial number to solve the mystery on at least this one gun.
 

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Besides being a wonderful pistol, this example shows how confusing a Colt that is reworked While Still Brand New inside the factory can be. Many examples of All Colts certainly exist that were similarly reworked and are now a mystery to collectors. Luckily C414 had a misplace serial number to solve the mystery on at least this one gun.
Correction: There is no "C" on the serial number 414.
 
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