The serial number found on your gun has the answer. To find your serial number, you will need to refer to your owner's manual. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided on serial numbers and dates of manufacture are accurate, records on early production models such as the Auto-5 and Superposed shotguns were not included due to the complexity of numbers, models and grades offered.
Also, there have been unique limited edition models that did not follow our regular serial number configurations and they are not included in this listing.
A powerful magnifying glass is essential to see the ridges and the detail around them.
I'm hoping someone here mare knowledgeable in the subject may be able to help me out. When I looked it up at the link below it says it was made in June of 1912 and I just find it hard to believe anyone in my family could have held on to something so cool. will be someone that knows for sure, but I think Series 80 came after Series 70, and my Series 70 Mark IV Gold Cup is like early 1980's... IV series 70 Government model pistols, which closely resembled original M1911A1s, but with accurized barrel bushings. IV Series 80 Government model pistols, that featured added firing pin safety.Latest Colt product, M1991A1, also featured Series 80 slide with firing pin safety. By entering this site you declare you are 18 or older, you read and agreed to its Terms, Rules & Privacy and you understand that your use of the site's content is made at your own risk and responsibility. The right side has Patented and there are five patent dateswith the most recent one being AUG 19 1913 after the patents there is some spacing and it says COLT'S PTF A MFG CO. You will get a paper showing the date of birth..I said date of birth. Thanks, Scottm My gem is a Colt 1911, serial 33XXX, with the "AA" stamp above the trigger guard, along with "United States Property", oh yeah, did I mention it was nickel plated, but not sure if it's original.Another clue, especially on blued pistols, is around the stamps where metal is displaced, the finish will often flake off in microscopic chips that will leave a white shadow appearance around the letters. These marks will have a white or burnished appearance.
Only by studying lots of pistols will one know what he is looking at, and that is getting to be more and more difficult. Also remember that when metal is stamped it is pushed a side and will create a ridge.From about 1082000 to the end of production the P was placed centered in front of the rear sight and on the frame. Found on the receivers of guns rebuilt or inspected at the arsenal. Found on the receivers of guns rebuilt or inspected at the arsenal. Found on Remington Rand and Ithaca 1911A1s (entire production). Chapman Remington UMC S/N 1-21676 WTG: Walter T Gorton Colt S/N 700,000-710,000 CSR: Charles S Reed Colt S/N 717,282-723,000 RS: Robert Sears Colt S/N 723,000 to 750,500 WB: Waldemar Broberg Colt S/N 750,500 to 861,000 GHD: Guy H. Begley, very late 1945 Colt 1911 A1 to end of WWII production (1945-Very rare) EB: Elmer Bjerke was promoted on January 6th, 1947 to Forman of small arms inspection.SA: Springfield Arsenal Rebuild Stamp ANAD/AN: Anniston Army Depot (Anniston, Alabama) observed with a date stamp following it (MM YY) in 1975 P: Can be found on top of slides on WWII A1s as well as on the Barrel and Frame below the clip (magazine) release. Gilbert found on Colt 1911s from 1917 to 1918 SN 230,001 to 302,000. He was responsible for the final inspection of new and overhauled small arms. All small arms inspected under his supervision bear the markings "RIA" for Rock Island Arsenal and "EB" for Elmer Bjerke.The Taurus Model Number Lookup System will help you find detailed information about your Taurus Gun.Enter the serial number (no spaces) of your firearm and click on "Search" to identify your model. Just above the right hand grip it says UNITED STATES PROPERTY and just below that No. The gun is well worn and I can not really make out what the last two numbers in the serial number are. Jason hi jason, check out these #s on this site, looks to be late 1918 to early 1919. can contact Colt Manufacturing and have them do a history report on your 1911. Do you know if Colt charges a fee for this service, or is free?