Good to know, now I have to go back and look at the other 2 , I might have to buy a second one?Colt began hardening the slide stop notch around #880,000. The hardening isn't always obvious on a slide with original finish, but it often stands out like a sore thumb once refinished.
You're right, I think perhaps they are not as yet perceived as real vintage guns like WWI 1911.Most of us seem to have at least one, but they don't seem to get the attention on the forums that the rare guns do. It was a strong production year for Colt so there are a lot of them out there. I have a late '43 in excellent condition aside from a bunch of nicks and dings all over it. I've been trying to get another one but everything I've been finding either has been screwed with or is hideously overpriced.
OOPS! Mistake! I found another one!Not counting my Commercial/Military, I only have two '43s...
Actually, the 1943-production Colt is often perceived as the quintessential WW2-era M1911A1. It's copied in most graphic illustrations, video games, and even BB/Airsoft pistols. It's simply like a 1918-vintage Colt, a lot of them were made that year and so they are relatively easy to find (though not always reasonably priced) on the market. Most of the high-end collectors usually don't show them off much because they know most other collectors have at least one as well.You're right, I think perhaps they are not as yet perceived as real vintage guns like WWI 1911.