My CMP Service Grade 1911 Round 2 (RGN 21181) just arrived today. It has to spend the next 10 days in CA FFL prison, but I was able to take a few snap shots. I know next to nothing about 1911's. How did I do?
The serial dates to 1944. Any thoughts on the finish? Has it been refinished? I really don't know what to look for. The finish on the inside of the grip looks pretty worn, and the front of the slide seems darker. Could that be heat treating? And the safeties and slide stop look blued as opposed to parkerized. Is that normal?
It looks like you did very good, the slide coloring is normal. As for the slide lock and the safety being blued, it’s normal to find blued parts on military.45’s manufactured during WWII. At some point in either the manufacturing process or an Arsenal overhaul, parts used or replaced are done with whatever is available.
Colt ramped up their production of 1911A1 pistols for WWII. Colt had been producing the 1911 and 1911A1 for almost 40 years prior to WWII and this includes all the commercial variants of the pistol.
During the ramp up for the war contract, Colt used parts from their commercial inventory to meet production quotas. It wasn’t uncommon to find that the barrels were blued and the slide stop and safety were also blued.
When you finally do get the gun out of the holding period and you disassemble the gun, take a look at the inside of the slide lock, see if there is the number “2” stamped inside.
There’s nothing wrong with the part, Colt manufactured.22 caliber conversion kits for the 1911 and 1911A1 frames. The slide stops for the conversion kits were a little different than the standard slide stop for the .45 or other calibers they produced. Collectors of Colt 1911’s are always looking for the unique parts.
If the blued finish bothers you, you can always find surplus parkerized parts for sale. The parts are almost always interchangeable, this way you can put the gun in it’s fully parkerized
Thanks for the info. I can't wait to take it apart. I like the two tone parkerizing and the blued small parts... now that I know it might be sort of "correct." I have a hopeful suspicion that this pistol just might be in a condition that is close to original as issued. It does not have an arsenal rebuild or inspection stamp. So, who knows?
Check the barrel to see if it is marked Colt 45 auto on the lower left side of the chamber just above the lug. Colt stopped numbering slides to pistol serial numbers about 50,000 units before yours…too bad!
Yeah, you might be right. I only got to hold it for a minute or two. The different color of the small parts really jumped out at me, but looking closer at the photograph, the slide stop though darker does appear to be parkerized. I won’t get to really look at it until Saturday at noon. Thanks Gavin!