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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - November 2012
Colt Service Model Ace .22 LR - Serial Number SM 493 (ca. 1938),  Commercial Shipment to Von Lengerke & Antoine, Chicago, Illinois

Colt Service Model Ace Serial Number SM493 - Early variation with Type I Stevens sight and earliest style slide markings.  Slide has matching serial number located under the firing pin stop.

Service Model Ace serial number SM493 was one of three guns shipped to Von Lengerke and Antoine, Chicago, Illinois on July 21, 1938.  Since the majority of the examples of the Service Model Ace were shipped to the military, commercially shipped examples are fairly uncommon.

Colt Service Model Ace Serial Number SM493 - Right side slide markings are from the Ace roll die with the words "SERVICE" and "MODEL" on opposing sided of the bottom of the Ace diamond on the right side:

Colt Service Model Ace Serial Number SM493 - "M" in "SM" is double struck.

Colt Service Model Ace SM493 has matching numbered slide. 

Colt Service Model Ace Serial Number SM355 - Left side

Colt Service Model Ace Serial Number SM493 - top of slide showing earliest style Stevens rear sight, floating chamber and front sight.

Colt Service Model Ace Serial Number SM493 - underside of frame, front grip strap, non-lanyard loop mainspring housing and earliest style Ace marked magazine base plate.

  

Colt Service Model Ace Serial Number SM493 - top view of Stevens sight.

 

Colt Service Model Ace Serial Number SM493 - rear view of early Stevens sight.  Note the use of fire blued screws on this early sight.

Colt Service Model Ace Serial Number SM493 - Ramped front sight.

Colt Service Model Ace Serial Number SM493 - ejection port showing floating chamber and early style slide markings.

 

Colt Service Model Ace Serial Number SM493 - Earliest style Service Model Ace magazine.  Later examples were also marked "SERVICE MODEL"

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