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kwill

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  1. Fascinating! Do you mind sharing the serial number? You may want to consider getting a letter from Colt Archives to see where/when it shipped originally.
  2. IMHO, the market for authentic NRA marked guns is much stronger than the equivalent gun without the marking--2x to 3X in fact.
  3. Sure. The trigger is easy but the barrel and MSH will to hard to find and expensive. Watch the auction sites and be patient.
  4. I agree with Costa on the barrel. Yours should have the H P but as separate letters. They could be oriented horizontally (early) or vertically (a little later).
  5. Your pistol was made in 1915 (not a Black Army, which was late 1918). The MSH has been changed, as noted, which may imply that other parts have been changed as well, the barrel being the most likely candidate. How is it marked? Below is a snip from Arms and the Man, which was the first publication from the NRA. I have kept a database on these pistols for many years. The NRA marked Colts are about half as frequently encountered as examples made by Springfield Armory.
  6. BTW, there was quite an industry for a while by unscrupulous sellers who would pick through parts and weld them back together. It is especially common with M1911A1 pistols.
  7. There are actually lots of these demilled guns around. Some of them are cut up by big shearing machines. They would sell them as scrap by the pound, usually in 55 gallon drums.
  8. U.S. military weapons are demilled by crushing or torch cutting. The requirement was part of the gun control hysteria of the 1960s in the U.S. The intent was to turn surplus military weapons into scrap metal.
  9. It is one of the rarest US military revolvers and nearly impossible to find a complete, working example. So, for some collectors this is as close as they can get. I have one just like it and it kinda, sorta filled a hole until I found a good one.
  10. They did. This was experimental.
  11. In the book The Long-Range War, Sniping in Vietnam by Peter R. Senich a similar (same?) rifle is labeled as a Winchester Model 70 in .458 Magnum caliber with an experimental silencer. A special .458 subsonic round was used and it usually had a Redfield 3X-9X scope on it. It was tested by the 23d Infantry Division (AMERICAL) Sniper School in 1971.
  12. My apologies! I didn't realize it was late enough to be after the USP moved.
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