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It's common. In the summer of 1918 Colt was cranking out as many pistols a day as they could (one source claimed as many as 2500), and the numbering stations were working overtime. They often didn't index perfectly, especially when dirty.
 

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I really like the looks of this gun. It's what a real war veteran should look like. I think this is a "Black Army" example? And the price is good so far. But I bet it will go up a lot higher.
 

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Shooter

For what that pistol will sell for you can get a nice Les Baer, Kimber, or Clark which will be a much better shooter.
As to the serial number, there is no way a serial number could be hand stamped that deep by Bubba or anyone else. It is correct.
 

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gunsrfreedom said:
Hey DSK, are these WWI 1911's safe to fire a few times a year?
I've shot my 1918 a few times, but only a box or two and always with a shok-buff on the guide rod. Early 1911 slides were prone to cracking. If it's a shooter you're after, for less than what this will sell for you could easily buy a new Colt WW1 Replica. Modern steels and an identical feel and heft to the original.
 
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