Visit Colt 1911 Website Colt is known for creating some of the highest quality firearms including the 1911 pistol supported by numerous other awesome standard and tactical pieces of equipment, from rifles to shotguns.
Not able to locate the date of manufacture for your Colt firearm?
You can find the order form and specifications of Colt Manufacturing's archival service here.
There is unfortunately no one stop shop for this task but hopefully with the help of this lense you will be able to find your firearm by manufacturer below and follow their link in order to track your weapon.
Use the links below and please have your model and serial number handy so you can provide it on the corresponding pages in order to find out when your gun was made.
A: In an ideal world, all manufacturers would agree to incorporate the date in the serial number, in a mutually-agreed formula using plain language.
For instance, at the end of the number the figures 03.2016 could indicate manufacture in March of this year.
But the fact remains; there is no original, single, totally accurate database of serial numbers from 1866 forward that we are aware of.
How to search for your firearm or gun date of creation or manufacture via it's serial number.Well we did some digging and found that Colt offers an archival service for a moderate fee to locate all records of your original Colt shipment.They provide every spec about the gun, who is was shipped to, when it was shipped, and even how many other firearms were shipped at the same time as yours.To help you determine the year made, find your serial number and then select a link from those below to sites that offer serial dates.The Blue Book of Used Gun Values offers serial numbers for the following makers: AYA, Boss & Co., Ltd, Browning, EJ Churchill, Colt, Colt Black Powder 2nd Gen, John Dickson & Son, AH Fox, German early Date Codes, German Modern Date Codes, Stephen Grant, WW Greener, Harrington & Richardson, High Standard, Holland & Holland, Italian Year of Mfg.Date Codes, Ithaca Gun Co., Charles Lancaster, Joseph Lang, Marlin Firearms, Mauser Broomhandles, Parker Brothers Shotguns, Piotti, James Purdey, Remington Date Code & Sx S Shotguns, Savage/Stevens, LC Smith, Smith & Wesson, Spanish Year of Mfg.