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Hi all

So just found a colt 1911 here in south africa my first 1911 and first firearm ever. The gun is old but in working condition there is a lot of stamps and engravings on it. I did a lookup on colts website and the serial number comes back as:

Year of Manufacture




Serial number is 1442201

There is a lend lease stamp on the right side of the gun with a date it reads "1952". The other makings and stamps are faded. what i am looking for shipping info or any history of this gun please.

There has been a lot of mods to this gun over this years. Theres a bar sto barrel, bow mar sights, light trigger and slide and frame were tightened.

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The Sn was one assigned to Ithaca and would have produced in 1944. Can you post pictures of the pistol/components. I'm assuming that there are Colt markings on the slide. Correct? At some point, either before or after it left Government service, the slide was swapped out. Hard to tell when unless you have some history on ownership of the pistol...and even then it will be a guess.

I don't know if Ithaca shipment records exist somewhere - others will know. But, at best, they will show transfer to the US transfer facility that then transferred the pistols to the British government through the lend-lease program.
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