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#1 1A291E

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 07:07 AM

Hello,

I need at least 2 original WWII 1911A1 mags...but i'm not so sure I can ID an original WWII one from a newer one except for the color and finish.

Can anyone help me? I need to know what to look for.

Thanks in advance,

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#2 Blair217

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 09:30 AM

Here's some info http://www.coolgunsi...s/Magazines.htm

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 11:54 AM

One minor fact not included with the Coolgunsite information was that there were some Colt commercial mags with COLT .45 AUTO stamped on the baseplates (in two lines) that were used on a small range of early WWII Colt 1911A1's. Although blue on the bodies, the baseplates were Parkerized.

#4 Blair217

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 02:08 PM

One minor fact not included with the Coolgunsite information was that there were some Colt commercial mags with COLT .45 AUTO stamped on the baseplates (in two lines) that were used on a small range of early WWII Colt 1911A1's. Although blue on the bodies, the baseplates were Parkerized.


I believe these are found in the range of aprox. 729,993-780,000.They were the first parkerized Colt's and will have some mixed parked and blue parts.

#5 Doran

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 01:58 AM

http://forum.m1911.o...ead.php?t=28256 shows some WWII era magazines and markings.

#6 Garandomatic

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 03:40 AM

Letters on the top edge of the floor plate's lip indicate WWII era military contract manufacture, I hear.

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 05:56 AM

Take a look here - http://www.rawles.to...11_Mag_FAQ.html

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 01:59 AM

Are the magazines for a particular pistol? Certain makers of pistols only used certain makers of magazines for original shipment if it makes a difference to you. Otherwise, I would look for fully blue, welded baseplate (no pins), gothic font (sans serif) R or S magazines. I've seen nearly all others faked.

#9 OLDNAVYNUKESPOOK

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 02:08 PM

Doran, beg to differ re: WWII magazines. Pinned baseplates may be seen on Colt contract, L, R and S magazines.

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 02:20 AM

That's true but I've not seen the late welded gothic font R and S magazines faked, as of yet anyway. I have seen late L magazines faked as they are the easiest. I've seen many pinned Argentina magazines "turned into" early WWII versions and two tones. I believe late R and S the safest buys for someone not familiar with vintage magazines.

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 08:57 AM

Are the magazines for a particular pistol? Certain makers of pistols only used certain makers of magazines for original shipment if it makes a difference to you.


Doran makes a good point. For instance, if you are looking for an original issued magazine for a Remington-Rand M1911A1 then you need a General Shaver marked magazine. Other 'secondary' makers who supplied magazines for the Remington-Rand pistols include Little and Scoville. Here are the toes of 3 magazines I have for my original 1945 Remington-Rand M1911A1 -

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/1945%20Remington-Rand%20M1911A1/magmakers.jpg

And, here are some additional images you can use as a reference for what to look for -

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/1945%20Remington-Rand%20M1911A1/magsrightside.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/1945%20Remington-Rand%20M1911A1/magsleftside.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/1945%20Remington-Rand%20M1911A1/magfollowers.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/tsellati/1945%20Remington-Rand%20M1911A1/magbases.jpg

Hope this helps.

Tim

Edited by tsellati, 08 September 2010 - 08:58 AM.


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Posted 26 September 2010 - 06:30 AM

Hi Guys,

Wow!! Thanks for all the help...I now know what to look for!! I still have not found the 2 mags I need for pouch fillers. I managed to get one "G" marked mag last May at the 37th annual Military vehicle rally in Aberdeen, Maryland...but I still need 2 more....and any Mfg. will do.

Anyone have 1 or 2 they would be willing to sell me?? PM me if you do.

Thanks a bunch,

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