Lee Barner Collection
Colt M1911A1 U.S. ARMY Serial Number
890199 (parkerized finish) - Shipped March 25, 1943 to the
Transportation Officer, Springfield Armory in a shipment of 2,000 guns.
One of 106,171 model 1911A1 pistols produced with a duplicate assigned
serial number. It is speculated that the duplication in serial numbers
occurred as a result of confusion during the rapid expansion of the ordnance
operations in 1941. At this time, small arms contracts were
transferred from Springfield Armory to the Office of Chief of Ordnance (OCO).
Springfield failed to notify the OCO of previous serial number assignments.
The serial number blocks 801001 - 958100 and 1088726 - 1092896 has been
assigned to Colt and were recorded in their production ledgers.
At the same time,. the OCO assigned the following serial
numbers blocks when they were under the assumption that the high serial
number assigned to Colt was 856100.
Serial Number Block
|856101 - 856404
||Field Service Depots
|856405 - 916404
||Ithaca Gun Company
|916405 - 1041404
|1041405 - 1096404
||Union Switch & Signal