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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - May 2003
Early Pre-WWII Colt .22-.45 Service Model
Conversion Unit
Serial Number U229

Early Pre-WWII (ca. 1938) Numbered .22-.45 Conversion Unit U229 - complete with original box, instructions and all accessories.  Two tone magazine with "Service Model" designation on the floorplate.  Box is earliest type that lacks center compartment for recoil spring.

View of rear sight, numbered slide and two-tone conversion unit magazine.

"U" prefix number on the top of the slide just ahead of the rear sight. 

Detail of the early style Stevens adjustable rear sight.

All component parts of the disassembled conversion unit showing right side of slide.

Barrel and floating chamber are numbered U229 which is the number on the top of the slide.  Ejector is the early milled type.

Detail of right side slide markings.

All component parts of the disassembled conversion unit showing left side of slide.

Detail of left side slide markings.

End of box showing top and bottom label.  Also attached is the original V.L.& A., Chicago tag from retailer Von Lengerke & Antoine in Chicago.

Empty early style box.  Notice the lack of a compartment for the recoil spring as is found in later boxes.

Top label.

Conversion unit box, assembled conversion unit, magazine, slide stop, recoil spring & guide, original yellow hang tag (which contains operating instructions for the Stevens sight) and factory instruction sheet.  Opposite side of yellow sight hang tag contains a diagram illustrating how to adjust the sight.

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