That would be the Model of 1910/11 in 9.8mmOriginally posted by dsk:
My vote for rarest and most valuable, besides the 1911 protypes, would probably be that unusual "Micro-1911" they made just one of back in the mid-1920s. I don't remember all the details but it was a 1911, but shrunk in size (not chopped, I mean SHRUNK) and chambering a .38 caliber round. There are pictures of it in "The Government Models" but I don't know any more as I'm going by memory (I don't have the book). It looks exactly like a standard Government Model but is only about 3/4 the size.
Matter of fact I think there may be two 1909s, though perhaps all of the "slant handle" models are after this. The one I was referring to was made up at the Colt factory rather than at the behest of the Military I think and there were just a few guns. It is sometimes reffered to as the "straight handle". If I am not mistaken the Patent drawing is on # 984,519 (which was issued on 2-14 -1911 (what a coincidence - 90 years ago tomorrow).Originally posted by Redzone:
I remember a 1909 looking just like a 1911. I am evolving here so I must see the 1909 which looks like a 1910 slide on a 1905 frame. JimH where in the world did you see this pistol. And thank you for having early Colt knowledge.
Oh that is nothing most folks should know. It is the patent # I think for the drawing that I was looking at at the time.Originally posted by Redzone:
What does the number 984,519 represent in your post JimH? Remember were all new to this Colt 1911 stuff.
The Goddard book lists "U.S. Army Transition" models (those that had 1911 slides but 1911a1 features - not to be confused with arsenal rebuilds) as running from Jan 22 1924 to July 25 1925 and the serial # range from 700001 to 710000.Originally posted by Sport:
I can't be certain the Colt I had was
a transitional model. Until the two
dealers expressed interest, I had never heard of a transitional model.
I've checked my book-(I try to keep good
records)- If it's the gun I'm thinking of,
it was Colt serial #707xxx. My Colt date
book shows it made in 1924. I think the
transitional models were made around 1923.
Again, I'm out of my element on this<snip>.