View Full Version : WWII Commemorative Colt .45, what do I have?
February 12, 2010, 05:32 PM
Hello, I just aquired an unfired Commemorative Colt .45 ACP Govt. Model in a nice oak case. The gun has a chrome like finish (Nickel?)The box has the Euopean-African Middle Eastern theater plaque and some decorative bullets and has various engravings (names of WWII battles, etc.) I will try and post a picture. I'm curious of it's age, I tried serial number look ups but they didn't show this one (59xx ETO) and it's general value in good, unfired condition (action has been worked) Thanks in advance.....
February 12, 2010, 06:01 PM
is it like this?
c1612XX. this serial puts it around 1932
February 12, 2010, 06:06 PM
February 12, 2010, 06:39 PM
Hey, silver bullets. So, you can either go around shooting vampires or pretend you are the Lone Ranger! :D
Nice looking pistol, even though I don't care for commemoratives.
February 12, 2010, 06:42 PM
February 12, 2010, 06:46 PM
Oh! Yeah you are right. Need wooden bullets for vampires! Sorry - I guess I don't have my folklore right. :D
February 12, 2010, 06:51 PM
February 12, 2010, 06:51 PM
probably about half the price thats got on it
February 12, 2010, 08:25 PM
In 1970 Colt sold a series of commemorative pistols including a set of WW2 1911-A1 guns.A European and Pacific edition with serial number suffixes of ETO and PTO. Both were nickle plated came in wood display cases with dummy chrome cartridges and an American Heritage book on WW2. The pistols were beautifuly made and if complete and new condition worth about $1000.00
February 12, 2010, 08:38 PM
Thanks, thats what I was after (I guess the ETO is European Theater?) I was wondering, how many were made? My pistol case needs some TLC and it's missing the booklet, but the pistol is in great shape. I paid $500 for it (hopefully I got an ok deal for a 40 y/o colt).
February 12, 2010, 08:58 PM
you got a great deal dude - i would have jumped;)
February 12, 2010, 09:05 PM
Any Colt 1911 for $500 is doing good.:D You got a great deal.
February 13, 2010, 01:26 AM
Awesome! Thanks for the input....
February 13, 2010, 01:46 AM
I have one of the Pacific Theater of Operations Commemoratives.
Mine shoots rather well.
February 13, 2010, 01:50 AM
UM you STOLE it... Great deal on a colt.
I myself don't care for mass produced "special" guns but at that price you will not lose money, have a nice display piece or can trade it off for a shooter. Heck you could shoot it and still likely sell it for 500!!!!!
Why can I not find deals like that????
February 13, 2010, 02:12 AM
Ok, It was manufactured in 1970, how many of these Commemoratives were made? (european theater) Thanks!
February 13, 2010, 07:15 AM
great looking gun. and an awesome price for any colt.
February 13, 2010, 12:16 PM
1970,ser.# 0001ETO---9959ETO.At the gun shows seem like around $1200.00
Hope these helps.I have one also,still new in box.
February 13, 2010, 04:21 PM
Thanks, that helps! I appreciate it...
February 16, 2010, 12:09 AM
howcan these be made in 1970
mine is 2251eto and it looks like it has the series 80 safety parts
how is this
June 7, 2010, 09:53 AM
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