Colt 1911 questions
A few years ago, I found a 5-digit serial number Winchester saddle ring carbine in a pawnshop. out of an abundance of caution I went home, looked up the serial number and confirmed it was from 1907. I ran back to the pawn shop, about 2 hours later, and it was gone. So, when I found a 5-digit Colt 1911, I did not hesitate. It clearly had the slide, backstrap and grip safety replaced as the patina on the frame is much different, but the price was really good, and I figured WTF why not. I also have a Navy marked slide that I want to talk about.
First the gun, I am pretty sure it is not what I thought it was. The serial number is 60324, which would put it at the very end of the 1913 production, if it is a Colt frame. However, the ones I have seen recently all have the letters NO stamped in front of the serial number and mine does not. Also, since that number should have been issued to the Army, I would expect to see "United States Property" stamped on the frame, under the slide and that is missing too. I am sure there should be other markings but that is probably enough. I am attaching pictures; they are not great, but I think everything is readable except the right side of the slide which reads: Colt Automatic Calibre 45". Any help with what the frame and the slide actually are would be helpful.
The slide is marked US Navy and, from the Patent marks stopping before the 1913 patent, I would think it was from the original Navy run in 1912, however, the finish on it is parkerized which would not have been correct until about 1940? so again, I am not sure what I have but could use some help. I do not see a serial number on the slide
Finally, as a Navy vet I would love a Navy marked 1911, I am thinking of marrying these two pieces to make a clone that I can carry and shoot, I don't want to destroy anything intrinsically valuable, and, while I am sure that a mix-master like this is not worth a huge amount, I do wonder what it could be worth, before I decide to have it all stripped and re-blued. If I do put them together I would look for a vintage set of double diamond grips and a lanyard ring clip to finish the illusion and it would just be for my own enjoyment, ThoughtS?