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    Colt 1914 Government Model .45 ACP WWI Canadian

    Here for your perusal is Colt .45 ACP 1914 Government Model Pistol serial number C9591 which was 1 of 20 shipped to Remington Arms-UMC Company Bridgeport CT on October 5 1914. The Canadian C broad arrow property mark is stamped on the magazine floor plate and British Birmingham commercial proofing on the slide and barrel.
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    Magazine with C-Broad Arrow mark on base plate:
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    "...British Birmingham commercial proofing on the slide and barrel..." That's not Commercial. It's a Brit government requirement for any milsurp sold through England.
    "...C broad arrow..." Rare piece that. According to sightm1911.com, " Colt M1911 Canadian Contract: S/N C5400 to C16599 = Sept. to Nov., 1914 (Only 5000 pistols in this serial number range were shipped to Canada.) Caliber .45 ACP."
    Scroll down to "Foreign Service Models".
    http://sightm1911.com/1911Production.htm
    Kind of wondering about the 'Government Model' stamp.

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    I received the following reply from the Imperial War Museum in London:
    "During the autumn of 1914, the Canadian Government purchased 5,000 Colt M1911 pistols to equip its military forces. These were issued to officers, NCOs and cavalry troopers, but could also be purchased by officers wishing to acquire their sidearm permanently. Unfortunately, apart from a few pistols that received unit marks on the grip-strap, or were inscribed with the name of the officer who purchased them, there is no way of ascertaining which unit or formation they were issued to.
    I can’t see very clearly from your photos, but it appears that the proof mark on it post-dates the First World War. This would imply that the pistol was put through proof at Birmingham at some point after its First World War military career – and prior to it re-crossing the Atlantic." I sent out a few other inquires and will post results as received.

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