Colt 1911 dating
Best Karl Just chiming in here to say: You have a treasure, it being your grandfather's gun and all.You are really taking a risk shooting it, as these older Colts can develop cracks in a bunch of known weak points on the frame and slide. If the leters are intertwined in which the straight line of the P is the right side of the H, the serial number range is 425,000-710,000.So using those serial numbers, 25,001 is dated in 1913, and 425,001 would be dated 1918.. You already stated it was purchased after WWI so those dates are probable correct.
If the barrell has P H in the same place, it was used in serial number range 25,001-110,001.
I am looking to find out what time period it does come from and a price range that this barrel would fetch?
The barrel has a gothic “H” and a gothic “P” (No serifs) on the area visible through the ejection port.
During the next few years, I started shooting bigger calibers like .22-250 and .30-30, but I didn’t shoot any handguns larger than a .22, so dad made sure to keep my interest piqued by letting me hold the 1911 every time we went shooting. The ensuing recoil made me step back slightly and I remember giggling to myself even though I failed miserably to hit the target. He’d shoot freehand with it and still get a tight grouping.
Then, at the age of 10, he finally let me shoot it and let me tell you, that first time was epic. Now, flash forward an undisclosed number of decades to when I first went shooting with my soon-to-be-wife.
A government issue (1918) Colt 1911 45 was passed down to me from my grandfather.