273 serial probably made around 1996. I had a 277xxxx. Called Colt and
they said it was made in 1997. Don't know how many they made a year,
but that's about 40,000 differance in serial number range.
Do a search. There are alot of little differances Colt made to these in the 90's.
Mdap713: I think it indicates our 273***'s were made in 1996 or probably even earlier. At any rate, they are still relatively "new" guns. This makes my second 1991A1 and I think they are fine guns. Personally I prefer the matte finish over a glossy blue. I have both, but the glossies don't get shot much.
MDap: Customization is a subjective thing. Two ways to look at it: If the gun shoots good enough and reliable enough in stock mode, then it doesn't need anything done to it. On other hand, if by changing things on it makes you feel better/happier/whatever, or you think that it will make your gun even better than it is, then by all means, change it to suit. Thats what its all about...."doing your thing".
I do find it easier to sell lower priced, stock guns, than the higher priced ones with bells and whistles. I'm talking about selling at gun shows and such, not on the various auction sites. Seems to me that when you reach the $500 price range you rule out a lot of folks.
I don't buy to sell, but ultimately I know that I will want something else and some of my existing ones will have to go.
Only fix what you don't like. For me, the 1911 has to have an ambi. safety (I'm a southpaw), good fixed sights, and a 3.5 to 4.5-lb. (short, solid) trigger with zero creep and overtravel at a minimum. A high-ride beavertail grip safety, beveled magazine well, a carry bevel package, and some sort of front strap/MSH treatment are icing on the cake.
If it can't shoot 3" or better at 25 yds. then a match barrel bushing, re-crown, and some barrel fitting might be needed.
Coltbuff: Yeah, I seem to have an afinity for Norks:scratch: However, with their prices getting up in the $400 range, have decided to concentrate more on lower priced Colts......unless I run across a "real deal" of course.