Letters ABOVE the serial number on pre-war Colts have
An "L" indicated the barrel was moved to ensure
the gun grouped to the center of the target.
Many departments ordered service pistols with the
"Targeted" special order option.
It's near impossible to reblue without fading out the Colt
Pony on the side plate, and especially without fading or removing the Colt
"Verified Proof" stamp on the left front of the trigger guard.
That's a tiny "VP" in a triangle.
Also on the left-rear of the guard is the stamp of the
assembler who built it.
In the case of a police or especially prison pistols they
seem to either get really trashed out or stay in mint condition.
The mint guns are often in the armory or in a guard captain
or wardens desk drawer where they sit largely untouched for years and years.
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