There are not many of the old oil finished Colts in that good of condition.
Here is a link to his website: Good luck and let me know what you find out - I would appreciate the follow up for my own knowledge. Scott had recommended that he send him the gun and have him appraise it. He will be mailing it to him to apraise and I believe sell it for him.
Kerry I've talked to the owner of the gun, he said he'll go home tonight and take some better pictures of the markings and he'll break it down and take pictures of the internal components. Also with not seeing pictures and just talking over the phone, scott gave it a rough estimate of $4000 depending on condition and originality.
Regards, JP This is the only picture I was shown of the complete gun.
I currently do not have a picture of the other side (full gun, everything is zoomed into the markings).
A serial number preceded by a "NO" instead of a "No" indicates manufacture by Remington-Rand. An RCD inspector mark or double spacing between the M and 1911A1 indicates manufacture by Union Switch and Signal. A geometric-shape proofmark, like a triangle, arrowhead or such, on the front left of triggerguard indicates an M1911A1 made by Ithaca. An "X" prefix to the serial number indicates a gun that has been re-serial numbered by ordnance, and the maker is neither identifiable or relevant.
These rules will not allow you to identify every single frame you en- counter, but the will suffice for 99 percent of them." BTW, when M1911A1 pistols were rebuilt a military facility they were rebuilt without any regard to the maker of the frame, slide or other parts..'n match, first in - last out, whatever was expedient to get the pistol in and out was the rule of thumb.The date of production he gave would have been correct for the military guns, but was off by two years for the government contract guns.JP By entering this site you declare you are 18 or older, you read and agreed to its Terms, Rules & Privacy and you understand that your use of the site's content is made at your own risk and responsibility.I honestly don't know what the older oil finish and early serial number does to the value, but I believe it would add significantly to it.If your friend has the time (and the coin) I would highly recommend he have it professionally appraised.I actually looked at this post this morning, and the markings above and below the rampant colt on the slide and receiver are unfamiliar to me.