I recently picked up a 1911 for $400. I've been looking for a shooter, and this fit the bill perfectly. However, I was wondering if any of you have seen one like this, or know more about it than I do.
The previous owner was somewhat of a target shooter, and installed a custom trigger (which I want to replace, like the original look), aftermarket sights, hollowed out hammer and aftermarket "grip safety" (for lack of a better word).
The slide is marked with the Colt logo, all the regular patent info, etc. So I'll assume the slide is genuine Colt. The only thing different about it is it has grooves/slits cut into the front (ie just like the grooves above the grip on all 1911s), about 1/2" back of the muzzle. They are sharper and more defined than the ones in back, so I'm guessing someone had them put on later.
Now the frame is another thing. First off, the serial number is X85**, and stamped rather crudely (the 5 is doublestamped). I did reasearch on this serial, and from what I can tell, when the US Military remanufactured all the 1911s it could during WWII, they would erase the old serial and restamp it with this meaningless X**** or X****** number. On close inspection, I can see where they smoothed over the old serial.
So, the serial won't tell us anything, lets look for other markings. Just below the safety release on the left side is stamped G.H.D. Well, according to this site here
and several others, GHD was Guy H. Drewry, Colt inspector S/No's 845,000 to 2,360,600.
The only other markings I can find are a small K, and a small triangle a little below it, on the trigger guard, front left. See my pics for a closeup.
From that information, it would seen that both main parts are Colt, although it would be impossible to tell if they are original to each other.
I'm not worried about resale value, or anything like that, as I've always loved 1911s and wanted one for casual shooting, but I'd be jazzed if both the slide and frame were actually Colt. I like guns with history behind them, and this would certainly fit the bill.
Has anyone seen one of these guns, or owns one?