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9-12
07-18-2009, 9:48 PM
I have a Colt 1911 in .38 super that I'm wondering what it's worth. It's a plain jane, 100% original, "Colt Super .38 Automatic" , as it says on the slide. The s/n is 57XXX, and I bet it hasn't had a box of ammo through it in it's life. It's blue with brown checkered grips, plain sights, and the exterior is about a mid 7, low 8 out of ten. A few scratches and the bluing is worn from some of the high spots and the end of the slide. It has one magazine.
Any input would be appreciated. Not interested in selling.

brassburnz
07-18-2009, 10:04 PM
Pics of the slide would really help, particularly the roll marks.

robairto
07-18-2009, 10:13 PM
Things unknown but impact the valuation:
Box w/papers
No box or papers
All original
Condition
Pics would help the guesstimate. I sold my 9mm commander and 38 super commander (not combat commanders) in the 1200 range with no box.

9-12
07-18-2009, 10:56 PM
No box or papers, it was my dad's for as long as I can remember (I'm 50)

Here's a couple pics...

http://www.performanceboats.com/html/youBoat/data/500/colt2.jpg

http://www.performanceboats.com/html/youBoat/data/500/colt3.jpg

Colt
07-18-2009, 11:23 PM
Dude, don't even think about selling. That should stay in the family. Beautiful old Colt (pre war, or very early post war from what I can see).

Fantasma
07-18-2009, 11:27 PM
That is nice! Your dad had style!

cousinkix1953
07-19-2009, 12:10 AM
Older pre-WW2 Colts were chambered for the .38 ACP. It's not a good idea to fire hotter 38 Super ammo in them. I wouldn't do it myself, unless the pistol is factory marked as a "Super"...

robairto
07-19-2009, 12:33 AM
I'D say 1300 to 2000.

9-12
07-19-2009, 12:39 AM
Older pre-WW2 Colts were chambered for the .38 ACP. It's not a good idea to fire hotter 38 Super ammo in them. I wouldn't do it myself, unless the pistol is factory marked as a "Super"...Like my original post said, it says "Colt Super .38 Automatic" on the slide...

9-12
07-19-2009, 12:42 AM
Dude, don't even think about selling. That should stay in the family. Beautiful old Colt (pre war, or very early post war from what I can see).It's not going anywhere. Thanks.

That is nice! Your dad had style! Thanks Fantasma. Yes he does...;)

den888
07-19-2009, 9:51 AM
That's a nice classic Colt !

9-12
07-19-2009, 9:57 PM
That's a nice classic Colt !
Thanks. Im finding out more and more about it...looks like it's about a 1946 or so immediate post-WWII commercial .38 Super with GI grips.

JiminCA
07-20-2009, 11:39 AM
Your gun was built in 1948. Take a look at www.coltautos.com for more info

My guess as to value - 1200-1400. I would emphasize the word "guess". Never can tell in CA though.

razr
07-20-2009, 7:59 PM
You might want to try asking that question by posting it under Colt at
http://forums.1911forum.com

Lots of knowledgeable people there. I am sure someone will be able to help you with the value. Add 300 for being in CA.

trashman
07-20-2009, 8:00 PM
That is a classic.......woof!!

--Neill

JiminCA
07-21-2009, 5:22 PM
I think 1911 forum has a ban on "whats it worth" posts now. Many were thinly veiled for sale offers. They don't have a FS section, sadly. Check the rules before posting.

razr
07-21-2009, 5:29 PM
I think 1911 forum has a ban on "whats it worth" posts now.

Thats a good point. It depends on how you ask the question. Explain what your intentions are and ask for a price range. Theres price discussion all the times. I have asked that a few times and gotten a fair answer, not a CA fair, but at least it gave me a good idea as to what was a fair range.

HowardW56
07-21-2009, 6:54 PM
Very nice...

I would never sell that gun... That should pass on to your kids (If or when you have any)