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Just a quick question on a MSH- how do you identify a Colt checkered housing (the early ones with the course, deep checkering) as opposed to the ones on an Ithaca, Rem Rand, etc. The "Coolgunsite" MSH info seems to be somewhat vague on this. I have three checkered MSH that have what looks like 26 diamonds (one has 27), top to bottom. Is the diamond count the key here? I need a Colt checkered one.
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Per J.C.Harrison's book (U.S. Pistols & Revolvers 1909-1945)

WWI
All Colt, Springfield and Remington-UMC = smooth flat MSH.

WWII Checkered
All Singer and early Rem. Rands = 40 (+ or - 1) diamonds on the center row.
Early Colt and early Ithaca = 27 (+ or - 1) diamonds on the center row.
All US&S have 32 (+ or - 1) diamonds on the center row.

WWII ribs
Late Colt and Ithaca (1944 and later) = 7 ribs.
Late Rem.Rand (1944 and after) = 8 ribs.

I have read in the past that "some" of J.C. Harrison's information is not correct. I have no idea what part of "some" that might be. :scratch:
 

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Thanks, 1911SHOOTER! Did Colt and Ithaca use the same sub-contractor for the checkered ones?
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The 7-rib serrated housings were used on most Ithacas and late (mid-1944 onwards) Colts, and were made by Cayuga Motors.
 
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