National Match Pistol
Production Notes

In July, 1966 The American Rifleman published a article covering all the differences between the Government National Match Pistols by year. Use the chart below to identify the different components on a given pistol for that year of manufacture (The information below has been updated to cover 1966-68). Remember all National Match pistols must have a SA and NM stamped on the right side of the receiver.


Year

Rear Sight

Front Sight

Slide

Barrel

Link

Front Strap

Trigger

Hammer

Sear

Serial Number

1955

service

service

service

NM7267717

Mark
service

service

service

service

service

Barrel
/bushing

1956

Service
1/8 wide

Service 1/8
 wide notch

service

NM7267717

Mark
Series

service

service
modified

service

service
modified

Barrel
/bushing

1957

1/8.395 high

1/8 .295 high

service

NM7267717

Mark
 Series

Neoprene
Pad

service
modified

service

service
modified

Barrel
/bushing

1958

1/8.458 high

1/8 .358 high

service

NM7267717

Mark
Series

Neoprene
Pad

service
modified

service

service
modified

Barrel
/bushing

1959

1/8.458 high

1/8 .358 high

service

NM7790429

Mark
Series

Milled

Plastic

service

service
modified

Barrel
/bushing

1960

1/8.458 high

1/8 .358 high

service

NM7790429

Mark
 Series

Milled

Plastic

service
modified

service
modified

Barrel
/bushing
/slide

1960 L

1/8.458 high

1/8 .358 high

service

NM7790429

Mark 13
Modified

Milled

Plastic

service
modified

service
modified

Barrel
/bushing
/slide

1961

1/8.458 high
or Micro

1/8 .358 high

service

NM7790313

Mark 13
Modified

Milled

Aluminum

Service
 modified

service
modified

Barrel
/bushing
/slide

1962

Micro

1/8 .358 high

service

NM7790313

S

Milled

Aluminum

Service
 modified

service
modified

Barrel
/bushing

1963

Triangle

1/8 .358 high

Colt NM 7791435

Colt
NM7791414

S

Milled

Aluminum

service
modified

service
modified

Barrel
/bushing

1964

Triangle

1/8 .358 high

Drake NM 7791435

Colt
 NM7791414

S

Milled

Aluminum

service
modified

service
modified

Barrel
/bushing

1965

Triangle

1/8 .358 high

Colt NM 7791435

H&R
NM7791414

S

Milled

Aluminum

service
modified

service
modified

Barrel
/bushing

1966

Elliason

1/8 .358 high

Colt NM 7791435

Colt
 NM7791414

S

Milled

Aluminum

service
modified

service
modified

Barrel
/bushing

1967

Elliason

1/8 .358 high

Colt NM 7791435

Colt
NM7791414

S

Milled

Aluminum

service
modified

service
modified

Barrel
/bushing

1968
(RIA)

Kensight

1/8 .358 high

Colt NM 7791435

Colt
NM 7791414

S

Milled

Aluminum

service
modified

service
modified

Barrel
/bushing


Note 1:
SA stopped stamping the last 4 digits of the serial number on the right side of the slide in 1962, but starting in 1963 or 1964, they stamped the last 4 digit of the frame serial number on the slide under the firing pin stop. They are stamped, two on top of the firing pin hole and two below the hole. **known good examples of 1963 and later NMs have been observed that did not have the last 4 digits of the frame serial number under the firing pin stop.
Note 2:
1957 & 1958 pistols may be found with front strap pad removed. Some of the 57/58 pistols can have plain or stippled front straps.
Note 3: All NMs used the same barrel bushing NM7267718

Total National Match Pistols Produced
and Sold from 1955 through 1968

 

1955 - 800 pistols (Sold by DCM 128)

1962 - 3025 pistols (Sold by DCM 172)

1956 - 1250 pistols (Sold by DCM 202)

1963 - 2418 pistols (Sold by DCM 309)

1957 - 1850 pistols (Sold by DCM 296)

1964 - 800 pistols (Sold by DCM 195)

1958 - 635 pistols (Sold by DCM 88)

1965 - 1773 pistols (Sold by DCM 1011)

1959 - 1065 pistols (Sold by DCM 9)

1966 - 3125 pistols (Sold by DCM 500)

1960 - 2717 pistols (Sold by DCM 249)

1967 - 3625 pistols (Sold by DCM 580)

1961 - 972 pistols (Sold by DCM 137)

1968 - unknown - RIA produced this year


Note 1: All National Match pistols were produced by rebuild. Pistols that were not sold through the Director of Civilian Marksmanship  were returned to the rebuild cycle each year. The total number of pistols was therefore less than the total of the figures which have been listed above.

Note 2:
Air Force Premium Grade (AFPG): From 1958 to approximately 1970 Air Force Armories produced guns that bare a striking resemblance to the National Match series. They are competition grade M1911A1s for use by the Air Force shooting team. These guns are marked with AFPG instead of NM. The AF stamp is found on the barrel bushing and rear sight, AFPG is found on the receiver, and AF with last four digits of the serial number are found on the barrel (visible through ejection port) and slide.

Note 3:
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) was created by the U.S. Congress. The original purpose was to provide civilians an opportunity to learn and practice marksmanship skills so they would be skilled marksmen if later called on to serve the U.S. military. Over the years the emphasis of the program shifted to focus on youth development through marksmanship. From 1916 until 1996 the CMP was administered by the U.S. Army. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 (TITLE XVI) created the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice & Firearms Safety, Inc. (CPRPFS) to take over administration and promotion of the CMP.

Reference American Rifleman articles published 1959-1966