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    Possible 1914 Canadian Colt Goverment




    Hello All,
    I am a fairly new member here, I enjoy the info and history I get to see on this forum.

    I just acquired a mixmaster Colt Government with serial # C 121xx. According to what I have read on this site and others that number falls into a group of Colts that was sent to Canadaicon for WW1. I know I would need to get a letter from Colt to verify for sure if it was one of the ones in that grouping that was sent. It came with a Colt .22 conversion slide on it, so I am not sure if there is any value in a Colt letter for it.

    It has a C stamp on the left side of the frame, but the markings inside the C do not resemble any Canadian Broad Arrow stamp example I have seen online. Anybody recognize this stamp?


    It also has Britishicon Proof Marks on the right side, Not English Make and Birmingham Proofs showing a 1953 proofing date.


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    Since it's not complete or correct, it will affect the value too. An Ace conversion is always nice but I could never get the ones I had to work well.
    Regards, Jim

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    If you use your imagination you can see two nose to nose broad arrows = sold out of service...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warren View Post
    If you use your imagination you can see two nose to nose broad arrows = sold out of service...
    After looking at the mark with a magnifying glass I do see the nose to nose broad arrows. The mark was double struck and not aligned on the second strike, so you actually see double lines on the sides of the arrows. So I can assume at one time the frame was in Military Service?

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Since it's not complete or correct, it will affect the value too. An Ace conversion is always nice but I could never get the ones I had to work well.
    I got the pistol as part of a group of 3 1911s, I might try selling the Conversion kit , and using the funds from that to get it nearer to what it would have been when it was original. I doubt I will ever find a 1914 government slide and barrel with the same proof marks as the frame, but I might find something approximate . I am not super picky about stuff being all matching, but I would like it to be close to what it should have been like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dad Longworth View Post
    I might try selling the Conversion kit , and using the funds from that to get it nearer to what it would have been when it was original.
    Should be able to EASILY get $400 out of that. $500, maybe.
    Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcathey View Post
    Should be able to EASILY get $400 out of that. $500, maybe.
    Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
    For sure better than a poke in the eye. I still need to get the .22 magazine from the seller to make it all complete. It is not a serial numbered or Ace marked conversion kit, it looks like a 50s era kit by the slide markings on it. I will need to shoot it some first, just to make sure it is not something I don't want to part with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dad Longworth View Post
    I will need to shoot it some first, just to make sure it is not something I don't want to part with.
    Haha, that’s why I try to avoid shooting some of the neat guns I buy to resell. I’d need a much bigger safe!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcathey View Post
    Haha, that’s why I try to avoid shooting some of the neat guns I buy to resell. I’d need a much bigger safe!!
    That's going to be a problem for me too, one of the other pistols I acquired was a 38 super customized to shoot 38 spcl wadcutters for Bullseye shooting matches. It was such a good deal I couldn't pass it up. Now I will shoot that one too to see what its all about. I am sure I could turn a hefty profit on it, but most likely I will keep it for ever.

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    FWIK in 1914 Canadaicon orderd 5000 COLT models, and these are in the C3000 to C13500 serial number range.
    These 1515 pistols lend-leased to Canada in WWII were first shipped to Springfield Armory, and then to Canada.
    I'm sure that should be recorded in COLT's books, and a letter will probably show original shipment to SPRINGFIELD Armory.

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