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bartt
03-04-2009, 6:01 PM
I inherited my dad's Colt some time ago. I think that it was his service revolver in the Marine Corp (he retired in 1963). I have the gun, holster and a full box of GI ammo for it. I was thinking it might be worth something to a collector.
How can I find out what it is worth?
Thanks in advance for any help..

PolishMike
03-04-2009, 6:01 PM
It should be worth more to you than it can be worth to ANY collector.

Gunaria
03-04-2009, 6:05 PM
Post some good pics up, then I'm sure we can help you better.

Gator Monroe
03-04-2009, 6:08 PM
Go to one of the 1911 FORUMS and get a date from the serial # of the Frame (Is it a Colt or Remington Rand ,Singer,Union switch & signal, Ithaca ???)

Sam
03-04-2009, 6:10 PM
Go to one of the 1911 FORUMS and get a date from the serial # of the Frame (Is it a Colt or Remington Rand ,Singer,Union switch & signal, Ithaca ???)

do you like capitalizing random words?

I agree with Polishmike, keep it in the safe. I have a handful of Glocks that sit in the back of the safe because they were my father's. I don't shoot them, I don't play with them, I hate Glocks but they're back there reminding me of my father every time I open the safe.

Gator Monroe
03-04-2009, 6:13 PM
do you like capitalizing random words?

I agree with Polishmike, keep it in the safe.

If he is going to sell it ,thats his deal (So anyhoo what is it a Colt ? Mixmaster?? a Singer would be worth thousands ...

Saigon1965
03-04-2009, 6:20 PM
In order for us to help - We need more info and lots of pics -

bartt
03-04-2009, 6:21 PM
Thanks guys.
I'll get some pics, and more info.
I have many other things to remember my Dad by. This doesn't have much sentimental value to me, since I didn't even know about it until after his passing, and that was some time ago now. But I do get the drift..

Riodog
03-04-2009, 6:31 PM
I inherited my dad's Colt some time ago. I think that it was his service revolver in the Marine Corp (he retired in 1963). I have the gun, holster and a full box of GI ammo for it. I was thinking it might be worth something to a collector.
How can I find out what it is worth?
Thanks in advance for any help..

When did the marines use revolvers?
Rio

Saigon1965
03-04-2009, 6:40 PM
He said that he "think" it was his service revolver -

NiteQwill
03-04-2009, 6:40 PM
do you like capitalizing random words?

I agree with Polishmike, keep it in the safe. I have a handful of Glocks that sit in the back of the safe because they were my father's. I don't shoot them, I don't play with them, I hate Glocks but they're back there reminding me of my father every time I open the safe.

I believe he capitalized 1911 FORUMS (http://forums.1911forum.com) because it's an actual site with good info ;) Jumpy much?

Keep it, it's priceless in anyone's collection.

xrMike
03-04-2009, 6:42 PM
It should be worth more to you than it can be worth to ANY collector.That is the right answer.

bartt
03-04-2009, 6:51 PM
Don't know, that's why I'm asking..
He served in WWII and Korea (career Marine - 26 years).

dfletcher
03-04-2009, 7:35 PM
I inherited my dad's Colt some time ago. I think that it was his service revolver in the Marine Corp (he retired in 1963). I have the gun, holster and a full box of GI ammo for it. I was thinking it might be worth something to a collector.
How can I find out what it is worth?
Thanks in advance for any help..

So we're all on the same page - is it a Colt revolver or a Colt semi auto pistol?

Mr. Beretta
03-04-2009, 9:10 PM
Bartt

With all due respect, please don't sell that gun. You might not feel the need to keep it right now, but once it's gone, it's gone forever. It faithfully served your dad for many years just like your dad served this country! Please reconsider.

Thanks!

Blue
03-04-2009, 9:13 PM
Is it a wheel gun like this?
http://www.littlegun.be/arme%20americaine/colt/colt%201917%20cal%2045-01.jpg

http://www.littlegun.be/arme%20americaine/colt/a%20colt%201917%20gb.htm

walter
03-04-2009, 10:51 PM
dont tell him what to do. OP if I was you and that gun was worth a chunk of change, I'd definately sell it. like he says it wasnt something that he and his father shared or anything

bartt
03-05-2009, 8:01 AM
Thanks to everyone for the feedback. I DO get the message, and I appreciate the gentle approach.
This is a .45 revolver.

Josh
03-05-2009, 8:20 AM
some people really need to read before posting.

he said it was his dads service revolver and that he RETIRED in the 60's

What you have is most likely a colt model 1917 revolver. Without seeing pictures im guessing its in the 500-800 range.

But like everyone else said, keep it. Even if you two were not that close its still a family heirloom.

Fjold
03-05-2009, 8:34 AM
The marines went from the 38 to 45 revolver after the Phillipine (Moro) insurrection in the early 20th century I believe.

One of the jarheads on here should be able to provide us that information.

Josh
03-05-2009, 8:46 AM
from my memory the 1909 was issued to troops in the phillipines.

the 1917 was issued to troops from WWI through WWII

dfletcher
03-05-2009, 10:35 AM
from my memory the 1909 was issued to troops in the phillipines.the 1917 was issued to troops from WWI through WWII

Or the 1892. The 1909 was basically a New Service frame with a slightly different barrel profile I believe, and could be had in calibers greater than the 38.

dfletcher
03-05-2009, 10:42 AM
Thanks to everyone for the feedback. I DO get the message, and I appreciate the gentle approach.
This is a .45 revolver.

Couple of things to look for.

Is the barrel length 5 1/2" and on the underside is there "Property of United States" stamped on the barrel? The serial number should be on the butt next to the lanyard loop ring. The lanyard loop ring can be removed, may or may not be present. The gun should have (if 1917) smooth walnut grips that do not obscure any part of the frame. Avery, very early Colt version would have the chambers bored all the way through, Colt later discontinued the practice and left in a little shoulder. A picture would of course be a great help.

These can go anywhere from $350.00 in lousy reblued condition to over $1,000.00 in great shape. Colt 1917s typically have a distinctive polish patter that is visible through the bluing.

movie zombie
03-05-2009, 10:56 AM
i don't care how many things i'd already have from my dad: if i had one that he did service with i would not part with it.

mz

Josh
03-05-2009, 11:59 AM
Or the 1892. The 1909 was basically a New Service frame with a slightly different barrel profile I believe, and could be had in calibers greater than the 38.

Right, but i was thinking things in .45 caliber.

dfletcher
03-05-2009, 4:05 PM
Right, but i was thinking things in .45 caliber.

Got it, my "oops".