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Just curious how often the 1911 was carried by the US Navy in the past. And if it was, were they "US Army" marked guns that were just Navy contracts, or were there any US Navy marked 1911s? And were US Army marked 1911s every counter-marked with us navy labels?

Would love to see any examples of this.

 

Working on a project and just curious.

Thanks!

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Prior to WW1 there were smaller contracts of Pistols specifically marked ‘MODEL OF 1911 U.S. NAVY’.....they have always been quite desirable. After that, you would need to know what serial number ranges went to the Navy to verify. Most if not all of the Colt M1911A1 pistols in 1939 went to the Navy. In WW2 many of the contract pistols also went to the Navy but it was more from a procurement standpoint than the Navy actually contracting for them. I had an Ithaca M1911A1 that was in a range pistols routed thru the Naval Supply Depot in Oakland, then to Guam from there and issued to a Marine.


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I was in the USN Seabees late 80 early 90s and were issues US Army Marked M1911 and M1911A1. We did have one US Navy marked slide but that was a coincidence. Navy used US Army marked M1911 starting in WW1 and 1911A1 US Army marked pistols from 1939 up thru the early 1990


Go Navy!


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As soon as the M1911 was adopted the Navy asked for slides to be roll-marked PROPERTY OF US NAVY. However, it cost them an extra $1.50/pistol so they stopped after 15,037 units (March 1915). BTW, there were 0 guns marked for the USMC, although old books refer to such slides and unscrupulous sellers have created some to satisfy the demand for them.

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Thanks guys!

 

Were any the Navy guns (after the early marked ones were done) marked in any other way to denote they were for the Navy? Like just some kind of label/sticker/stenciling etc? Curious if there were any guns (on ships or somewhere else maybe) that would have been marked as Navy (even though they were Army marked guns)

 

Thanks!

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Every once in a while a pistol will show up with DEL stamped on it for the USS Delaware. But, for the most part you have to go by the serial number charts to know what ranges went to the Navy or USMC.

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This gun is on display at the Moffett Field Museum in Mountain View CA. I saw it there last fall.

Sorry the picture isn't better but the gun is in a glass case. 

Other than what is marked, I have no other information about it.  Whenever things open back up, I plan to go back and see the museum again.  I'll see if I can find more information on it then. 

Mikie

 

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