Originally Posted by sonovagus777
Nickel plated colt/savage 1911 chambered in 45ACP. Most of the markings indicate that it was manufactured around the year 1918, but I'm not too sure. I acquired this gun from my great great grandfather, but Unfortunately, the SN had been removed, so the only way I'm certain of this date is by the stamps on the gun. But I am in love with this gun.
A.J. SAVAGE MUNITIONS CO. did manufacture "Slides Only"
complete pistols. They were under contract from July 20, 1918 and canceled on Dec. 4, 1918. (These slides were then used as spares.)
Your M1911 is most likely an arsenal rebuild.
The nickel plating was likely done post service use.
Colt built all M1911's from 1912 thru 1913. (And all M1911's for the USN/USMC.)
Springfield started production in 1914 and also built them in 1915, 1916 and 1917. (All went to the Army.)
Remington Arms - UMC built them in 1918 and 1919. (Also all for the Army.)