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Old 10-04-2002, 05:20 PM   #1
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Serial numbers and date of manufacture?

Does anyone know if there is a site that can tell you when my colt was made by the serial #?
 
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Old 10-07-2002, 11:16 AM   #2
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I can help with this one.

It may be easier if you sent me the number and I can look it up in my book.
 
Old 10-21-2002, 07:51 AM   #3
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Serial numbers and date of manufacture?

check www.m1911.org

They have the data you want and links to others who have more info as well.

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Old 10-26-2002, 04:05 AM   #4
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vladimir, i'm looking at a MK IV Series 80 with SN 190XX. could you kindly help me with the production year? thanks.
 
Old 10-27-2002, 11:42 AM   #5
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I don't have reference by serial number for that era Colts. You may be able to aproximate manufacture of your Colt by the following detail.

If you own the Government Model MK/IV Series 80, it began life in 1983 with serial number FG01000.

They stopped making 38 Super and 9mm in 1992. By 1996, .45 ACP with rubber combat style grips and rampant Colt medallions.

Assuming yours is a .45 ACP, Blue finish until 1997, also offered in '97 were fixed white dot sights, Nickel finish until 1986, Satin Nickel and blue came with Pachmayr grips 'till 1996, Stainless 'till 1998, Ultimate Bright Stainless 1986-96, Limited Class 1994-97, Custom Comp. Model (Colt Custom Shop) 1994-98.

Gold Cup National Match MKIV/Series 80 in .45 ACP were also made between 1983 and 1996.

Then you get into the Custom Tactical Gov't Models Levels 1, 2, 3. Combat series 80 for competition, carry models, Elites, Lightweights and the like.

I welcome your inquiry and hope this helps.

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Old 10-27-2002, 02:57 PM   #6
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this is strange; i checked out the SN 190XX(no prefix, no suffix) and it seems that this SN is for a military-contract receiver made between 1912 and 1914.

am i then looking at a MK IV Series 80 GM slide on top of a military contract receiver? thanks and best regards.
 
Old 10-27-2002, 05:57 PM   #7
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Why not! I have a 1941 slide on a 1945 frame.

Does it say UNITED STATES PROPERTY M1911A1 U.S. ARMY on the right side of the frame?
 
Old 10-28-2002, 12:36 AM   #8
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yes i know slides and receivers can be mixed and matched but the thing is the pistol was being passed off as a complete MK IV Series 80 GM.
 
Old 10-28-2002, 07:53 AM   #9
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A no prefix SN on a S80 sounds very strange.
Does it have Colt markings on the receiver?
My OACP and 1991A1 Series 80s are both marked "Colt Pt F.A. Mfg. Co. Hartford, Conn, USA" on the right side in small print between the top of the grip panel and the bottom edge of the slide.
Does it have the firing pin safety levers? They or their slot would be visible through the ejection port with the slide locked back, looking just to the right of the disconnector.
If not, you have got a parts gun being passed off for a new Colt.

A real Colt military receiver of that number would be a 1911, not a 1911A1 and would lack the crescent shaped finger clearance cuts behind the trigger.
If not, it is not even made up on a real Colt receiver.

Aren't there some 1911 copies being made in your country? You might have a parts gun made up on a domestic receiver.
 
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i wasnt able to get pics of it. i can't recall of the presence of the crescent cuts behind the trigger but i remember seeing "Colt Pt F.A. Mfg. Co. Hartford, Conn, USA" in the same location you mentioned.

i've arrived at the conclusion that it possibly is a parts gun being passed off as a MK IV Series 80 (well at least the slide is... :wink: )

thank you all for your time and advice. i'll try to be more vigilant the next time opportunity knocks...shoot safe and best regards to all.
 
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