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Old 01-25-2010, 5:51 PM
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Thought I'd share my 1911 and ask a few questions as well. The story as I got it is this was originally my great grandfather's issue gun, who forged a release so he could serve in WW1 at the age of 16. He was a lifelong military man and also apparently had to do some interesting paperwork/negotiation to serve in combat in WWII as well in the pacific theatre due to his age then. When he died the pistol went to my grandpa, who gave it to my dad. In the mid nineties my dad replaced the barrel, bushing, spring, and put on the pictured compensator. The grips were put on about 10 years ago, I still have the original barrel, bushing, grips all in good condition. I try to put a few hundred rounds through it a year, and it still shoots great, although it will stovepipe often with too light a load, and it will shoot brass all over the place, often in to a loose t-shirt. What I don't know is the precise year it was made or where, you can see it has the non-circled colt on the rear of the slide. Any 1911 experts know a lot about these? Also any idea of today's worth (would never sell it, just interested to know). Either way, enjoy the pics.

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Old 01-25-2010, 6:29 PM
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Very nice piece of family history you have -

Try this site for year of mannufactured -

http://proofhouse.com/colt/
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Old 01-26-2010, 8:32 AM
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Personally I would but all Orig. parts back on it and not shoot it, but thats just me.
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Old 01-27-2010, 9:42 AM
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With your current configuration, it is considered as shooter grade and the value will be somthing like $500 to $700 providing there is a willing buyer to pay you that much.

It would be a different story if you put all the original parts back on. Depending on the condition of the original gun (can not tell the detail from your two pictures), it might go up from $700-$2000. It might go higher if the gun was originally ship to Navy or Marine Corps. Would you mind sharing the serial # (you can block out last few digit if don't want to show the exact SN)? You need to use serial number to determine year of production. BTW, if the gun was ever refinished in the past, forget about the value I said above. It goes back to shooter grade by default.

Please post some detail pictures with all original parts and every markings (inlcuding barrel markings) you can find on the gun. That's the only way to assist you determine the condition and originality. Here is mine 1918 Colt M1911.




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Old 02-03-2010, 11:11 AM
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Very nice mlin, yours actually looks very similar to mine when the original parts are on, my serial is 252xxx, also has the same "JM" inspection mark behind the trigger. The parts are pretty well put away but I'll throw them on and take some pictures one of these days. It's never been refinished, and cleaned up I would say the condition would be a "C," maybe a B on a good day and no glasses on. As far as not shooting it, I've considered it, but it's not a collector's paperweight and I would hate to turn it into one. It will remain in the family, and I hope when it's passed on my son/daughter will continue to take care of it and shoot it as well.
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Ever figure out what year it was made?
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Yes, 1918
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Nice 1911's...
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