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To comply with the law, Colt began adding letters to the serial numbers as prefixes and suffixes to make each firearm have a unique number.

An added issue is Colt's often confusing serial number system.

My dad just brought me his 1911 model Colt .45, I'm curious if any one can tell me what year it was manufactured, how rare it is and it's possible value?

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" Good question since the frame usually just says "GOVERNMENT MODEL" or "UNITED STATES PROPERTY M 1911 A1 U. World War I production: Four (4) manufacturers made M1911 pistols that actually saw use during the war years: * Colt * Remington-UMC * Springfield Armory (U. Government owned & operated) * North American Arms Co. These are replacement slides made long after WWII by Colt and San Col Mar.