Photos courtesy of Mark
Commercial Colt "Government Model" serial number C403 manufactured
in 1912. This gun was a single gun shipment to E.C. Taylor, A.A. Surgeon,
United States Navy on November 16, 1912.
The "GOVERNMENT MODEL" roll mark is present on the
right front flat of the frame until C4500 - C5000. This
mark was relocated to the right side of the frame, over the
C403 - The serial numbers on the very earliest
Government Model pistols were located on the left flat of
the frame, just under the forward slide legend until C2251,
when the location was moved to the right side of the frame
between the stock and slide stop hole.
Examples this early feature fire blued small parts.