I just picked up my first war time 1911 on Friday and I have been trying to find out the answers to some questions about it. I had followed a thread on this board about the same type of questions and learned a lot. I am still wondering about a couple of things about my pistol though. The serial number on the frame is between 300,000-350,000. By all information that I could find that would make it a Colt frame made in 1918. However I thought that there should have been an Inspector General(?) mark over top of the mag release on the Colt's. There is a little picture of something with what looks to be SII stamped under it in very small letters. Is this correct? Also the pistol is a bit rough as there are some dings on the finish and some good wear on the finish. What should the finish look like, is it a matte like current Colt's or is it smoother? Mine looks like a dark grey and when I put it near a dark green handkerchief it almost has a tint of green(or maybe I'm going color blind!). Any insight to this would be appreciated. I got the piece for around $650 and I am pretty happy with the purchase, even if it is only good for a shooter. I would just like to know what I really have! Thanks.