Sponsors Panel If you intend to buy something from Brownells, please use their banners above. Yours is just a bit earlier down the line than mine 275149 , which is also a 1921 gun. Please me for more information. In front of the Colt address on the right should be the serial number. Note that they won't give you any more information.
I was wrong about the original owner not removing the grips - even though they were stuck hard to the frame by 20 years of what must have been gun oil at one point. Every time I try the internet I seem to get nowhere. This was common and since most Colt's used the same barrel threads and many models of barrels would fit the frames, its not unusual to find a Colt with a barrel from another model. With those services, I provide extensive pertinent information, as well as accurate serial number information when I personally inspect a handgun. In addition to the vise marks left on the frame by the vice when changing the barrel, the pistol was submerged in water when the grandfathers house was flooded by Katrina here in Mobile, Al and was only discovered a few weeks ago when they finally started cleaning up the old house.
Plus, I know for a fact the initial owner never removed the wrap-around pebbled rubber grips: when I removed them to install some American Elk grip slabs by Eagle there was a thin layer of adhesive or 20 year old gun oil beneath the original factory rubber grips. The very first production Single Action Army, serial number 1, thought lost for many years after its production was found in a barn in Nashua, New Hampshire in the early 1900s. The serial will be stamped either on the bottom of the butt, or on the frame where the cylinder crane fits. However, for most of the time, you can get the general idea of the Colt code by checking out the information down below. If that doesn't return valid data, you can call Colt during normal business hours and they will give you a production date over the phone.
While I am not certain of the exact date that my Grand Father was given the pistol, it had to be in 1911 and he said it was new when the President gave it to him. The serial number on mine which is on the crane and on the frame where the crane rest is 475197 with a lightly struct M underneath the number. The 1851 usually had brass backstrap and trigger guard, the 1860 had a steel backstrap and brass trigger guard, as that one does. Some pistols and revolvers were shipped out of strict numerical order. And that serial would make it a 1908 first eyar of production gun. Last, you can ask for help on the Colt Forum where a good deal of data is available from the members. Any help would be appreciated.
The Police Positive Special was made First Issue series 1907-1927; The Second Issue guns, made from1928-1946, has a last patent date of 1926 on the barrel instead of the 1907 of First Issue examples. We work hard to bring the best Firearms Forum has to offer! The prefix tells you the type of frame while the digits indicate the weapon version, caliber, barrel length and potential model variation. First, Colt didn't stamp serial numbers on all parts except on very early models. Post serial number 8,000 frames all have 3 screws. Mine is an exact copy of what the Military was using including bayonet lug.
Well we did some digging and found that Colt offers an archival service for a moderate fee to locate all records of your original Colt shipment. When he attempts to determine when his Colt was made, it comes back as a totally different model than what is stamped on the barrel. Its also possible your gun has had the barrel replaced. I'm only the second owner of this pistol. Colt Support Information Centre - Colt Get support for all your product and services via Colt Online and our support tables containing support numbers for all your service needs.
I attached a few pictures of it. I think it is some sort of an inspection mark. As our digitization efforts expand, we hope to provide links to scanned images through this database. AlabamaRon, I suspect your Colt isn't a Police Positive 32. Jim K I'm a bit confused by this posting.
On the left front side of the trigger guard should be a letter stamp. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. This will be my first Colt. I've read all of the normal locations for serial numbers , But I still can't find any info for this Colt. You may have to before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. While I am not certain of the exact date that my Grand Father was given the pistol, it had to be in 1911 and he said it was new when the President gave it to him.
It is a replacement barrel and you could get one without markings. Also your Colt revolver has a round butt, I believe the Police Positive 32 only had a square butt. Many of those tables, and tables in some other reference books, contain conflicting information I believe to be inaccurate. Design changes could suddenly change the progress of the serial numbers. Dates of shipment or procurement are not able to be accurately determined without extensive research. After the tests, the Colt was declared the superior revolver and the government specified that a.
If there are gun shops in your area that handle antiques, you might get an offer from one or more, also from antique shops. The front sight consisted of a base with an interchangeable blade. These were used to keep fitted parts together until an actual serial number was assigned. Indeed it has a four digit number and all the components are stamped with it. Looks like a nice specimen. Thank you Dfariswheel for the information. Whatever you buy from them, gives us a small commission, which helps us keep these sites alive.