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Awesome original finish and tooling marks. That’s a keeper!

Also, read up on one of the many threads on Colt M1917 serial numbers. Your actual Colt issued SN is 270,348.

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NEW SERVICE AND NEW SERVICE TARGET MODELS (AND US ARMY MODEL 1917 MODELS)
 

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I was under the impression that the number on the heel of the revolver was the SN to use for date looking? Or was that method only used for S&W M1917 revolvers?

Looking the heel # up it would be Oct 1918.

Either way that's a beautiful 1917!
 

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This is what I found when entering 119613 in this data base; I've send for the Colt Archive Letter and it should give clear production/shipment data.


U.S. MILITARY DATES OF MANUFACTURE

U.S. Military M1917 Revolver: Colt:
Covering numbers: 1 - 151700.




The year of manufacture for serial number 119613 is 1918.

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This serial number data only applies to U.S. government contract Colt 1917 revolvers. All U.S. government Colt 1917 revolvers should have U.S. property markings on the bottom of the barrel and U.S. army marking on the bottom of the butt. Colt sold the 1917 revolver commercially both before and after the war.
 

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Very nice!!

119613 was shipped in the period where there was a gap in the shipping records, between October 10 and December 21, 1918. I have one that falls in the gap too. Before that they had specific dates and destinations for all the shipments.

The Colt letter may provide more info. My guess would be that it was shipped to the Commanding Officer, Springfield Armory.

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Here's a Colt Archives Letter which lists serial number 304911 and butt number 154645 as being shipped on February 19 1919 so October 1918 looks likely as a shipment date for mine. According to U.S. Pistols & Revolvers 1909-1945 (J.C. Harrison) some 154,800 Colt 1917s were produced from October 24 1917 to February 19 1919.


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really nice - learned something new today, did not know about the butt number as not sn

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Exceptionally nice condition Colt! Congratulations.

Mine is from 1917 (SN 155026, Army No. 5 384) and has quite a bit of honest wear to the finish. I hadn't thought about getting a Colt factory letter but I need to look into that.
 

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That is one beautiful looking pistol! I hope to be able to join the club one day. Looking forward to the range report.

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Beautiful gun. Thanks for sharing. Do you also have an SW Model of 1917 and if so, how does it compare?
Here is my Smith & Wesson .45ACP US Army model of 1917 serial number 132134 with British Birmingham proofs on cylinder, frame and barrel. I recall reading/seeing information that some 20000 of these S&W 1917s were sent to the UK in 1940; perhaps this is one of them. I should have the S&W letter soon to provide shipment details. I'll shoot the Colt Model 1917 and will post a report/comparison with the S&W 1917 which I've shot already.



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Here is my Smith & Wesson .45ACP US Army model of 1917 serial number 132134 with British Birmingham proofs on cylinder, frame and barrel. I recall reading/seeing information that some 20000 of these S&W 1917s were sent to the UK in 1940; perhaps this is one of them. I should have the S&W letter soon to provide shipment details. I'll shoot the Colt Model 1917 and will post a report/comparison with the S&W 1917 which I've shot already.



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You definitely have a pair of beautiful revolvers. It will be interesting to see the comparison between the two in use. Looks-wise, I'd say they're about even.
 
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