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No, it is not possible. Your friend's pistol was refinished after the fact, which was common. Military-issue pistols were never factory nickeled or chromed, they were all either blued or Parkerized depending on when they were made.
 

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Wow, I'd never heard of them. What were their SN's and the reason for it?
 

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Dana,

I'm not at home this week, but they are listed in Meadows.....I'll post the info if someone doesn't beat me to it.

Bob
Great memory Bob.

I can help.

Per Meadows Vol II (1920-1945) Page 50:

1943 Shipments - Nickel and Chrome finished

Colt "factory records for 1943 list several pistols of special interest NOT shipped to Springfield Armory" referring to M1911A1's.

S/N 1113488 - factory "chrome plated and sent on 8/31/43" to Chief of Ordnance, DC. Attn: F.M. Volberg

S/N 1113489 - factory nickel plated "used for a time after the war as a sample." First shipped in 1945.

Best,

Ray
 
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