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 Colt DA 45 Model 1909 Value and Original Owner
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Posted - 05/24/2008 :  1:23:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Could anyone give me the value on a Colt DA 45 Model 1909 6 shot revolver? It has the following stamped on it: COLT DA 45 (right side of the barrel)"UNITED STATES PROPERTY" (bottom of barrel) 31894 and an E on the right side of the housing when you open the chamber,the E is to the lower right of the serial number; 31894 and a K on the hinge of the chamber,the K is centered above the serial number; R.A.C. on the left side of the housing near the hammer; R.A.C. on the on the ammo chamber where the bullets go; 1894 on the chamber release and a K on the front of that release; The handle grips are smooth light walnut with name Colonel COLT engraved into the wood at the bottom on both the left and right grips; and US Army Model 1909; No 31 over the numbers 894 on the bottom of the butt. It is in Fine condition with most of the bluing still on it. the little knob at the very end of the rod for the cartridge extractor is missing. Any help that anyone could provide figuring out who might have previously owned this exquisit sidearm and the value (not currently interested in selling) would greatly be appreciated. Please contact me at my email address.


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Posted - 05/24/2008 :  2:29:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
RAC Is the inspector. Rinaldo A. Carr of the U.S. government . The military at that time DID-NOT keep records on who was issued what serial number Unless each unit did it for their records but These have long ago been lost or thrown away serial number is 31894 and is the same on the Butt just in 2 lines. all other letters are codes for who put the pieces together at Colt Factory.
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Posted - 05/25/2008 :  09:31:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's a bit more info...your M1909 was made in 1911. Total military procurement was approximately 20,000 revolvers. The caliber is .45 Colt (not .45ACP)...and here is the current Blue Book value:

New Service Model 1909 Army Model (% = amount of original finish left):

98% - $1,450
95% - $1,200
90% - $1,000
80% - $925
70% - $850
60% - $775
50% - $680
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