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M 1911 A1 Union Switch & Signal

Article about: Hi everyone, I'm nearly to buy a very nice M 1911 A1 from US Switch & Signal but I'm wondering something... Why are the markings in white? Thank you very much for your help!

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm nearly to buy a very nice M 1911 A1 from Union Switch & Signal but I'm wondering something...

    Why are the markings in white?

    Thank you very much for your help!

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    White paint etc to highlight the markings... US&S 45 were in a special serial range. Plenty of US&S slides were floating around some years ago, and put on 45 receivers, the SN. will tell if it is correct or not... U do not have to give the whole sn.. BILL
    "As long as there are brave men and warriors the halls of Valhalla will never be silent or empty"

    In memory of my father William T. Grist December 26, 1920--September 10, 2009..
    901st. Ordnance H.A.M. North Africa, Italy, Southern France....ETO
    Also in memory of my mother Jane Kidd Grist Feb. 22, 1920-- September 27, 2009... WWll War bride May 1942...

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    Thank you for your answer Bill!

    Everything is correct with the frame. Good SN (No 1053***) and good markings.

    I was just wondering about the paint.

    So you think everything is ok?

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    Some sellers use white paint or sometimes chalk to show the markings and serial numbers more clearly to potential buyers. It photographs better. They did not come from the factory with the white on them and it can usually be removed by the new owner.
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Thank you Wagriff, I hope that's only chalk.

    Thank you both for your help!! I'm enjoying to hold this wonderful gun in my hands.

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    nice pistol.

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    Thanks you very much Harry! 👍

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    Usually such highlighting is done with a wax pencil-common on collectors weapons but it's not something I would do-as mentioned they did not come from the factory or depot that way-only sort of thing done by the military like that is the sights on rifles so that they could be seen in low light conditions easily.

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    A toothbrush should remove the white easily...
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    I will ask the seller to clean that.

    Already enjoying to have it, I will let you know.

    Thank you very much for your help guys! I really appreciate!

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