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Old 08-22-2011, 05:53 PM   #1
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I have a Colt 1911 made in 1918. My slide has the "horse" in the back. On the top of the slide, in front of the rear site there is a M or a W stamped. I have seen a P stamp in that area but never a M of a W. Is there anyone that can help solve this mystery?

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Old 08-22-2011, 06:18 PM   #2
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It's an M and it stands for "Mine". Please send it to me immediately.

Apologies, but I couldn't help myself. Have you tried the Colt website or the Colt Collectors forum yet?

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W = windage

I'm kidding.
The mark meant something to someone 100 years ago of course.
I love a good USGI ordnance mystery.
Keep us posted on what you may find and good luck!

eta: Maybe it's a rare Winchester slide and your retirement is now secure!

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It's a W, it stands for Will..... Have gun Will Travel......

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Rumor was, in 1918, there was a war going on, and a shortage of 45 pistols. Commercial slides were used to assemble a large number of 45 pistols- yours MAY be one of those (no pictures of sides or serial number- shame on you) The letter is likely an assembler's mark. The P in a circle mark indicates proof testing.

Here is a bit more info for you- http://coolgunsite.com/pistols/Frame%20and%20Slide%20Markings.htm

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I am looking for help not jokes.

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You are getting help. But it helps to have a sense of humor around here. You've been directed to the Colt Collectors forum and given another website for information. If you'd like to post some pics of the slide markings, we may be able to provide more information.

If you aren't happy because you didn't get exactly what you want instantaneously, that's on you.

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I don't see W or M, but interesting nonetheless.

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Thanks for the direction but I have went to a half of dozen collector sites and researched a dozen collector books and found nothing but the "P" proof mark. I have great sense of humor but I am still looking for the answers. Again thanks for the jokes.

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As c3shooter says above, more information would be helpful to help you...

manufacturer, serial range, caliber, other parts and weapon features, history you might know, other markings, etc, etc.

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