Originally Posted by BillM
Does the serial number have any letters before or after the numbers?
How many numbers are there?
Colt military range for 1944 1609529-2244803
Colt commercial, including first model National Match
for 1932 C161000-C164800---According to my reference the National Match
wasn't introduced until 1933!
Yes, it's a commercial National Match model in the serial number range of those made in '32 according to the sources I've found, so your reference to the National Match model not being introduced until 1933 is interesting. It is stamped "National Match Model" on the right side (not shown in the pic), and has the Colt insignia.
I learned to field strip it today, and ordered Kunhausen's book. It was well-oiled...the old man obviously took good care of it. I have yet to find a place to shoot it though...I might have a gunsmith around here completely disassemble it and make sure it's in good working order before I pop off some rounds with it.
I also noticed that the rear sight is offset slightly to the left of center...would that be because he was left-handed? He also had a bad eye (right I believe), so could this also be to accommodate his good eye?