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Old 11-21-2020, 10:47 AM
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Default I've become a 1911 collector apparently....

Picked up my Ejercito Argentino Colt this morning. One of the ones actually made by Colt, not one of the later Argentine manufactured pistols.

Still a ways to go to catch up to Highpower. lol









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Old 11-21-2020, 1:06 PM
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Very nice OP! I'm jealous.
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Very nice collection. The grips on that Argentine 1911 are a great piece of wood, undoubtedly aftermarket.
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Very nice collection. The grips on that Argentine 1911 are a great piece of wood, undoubtedly aftermarket.
Yeah, those are the only parts of the pistol that aren't original.

I'm happy to have one of the actual Colt made guns. Apparently, only 10,000 were made with these specific markings. Colt markings on the left of the slide and Ejercito Argentino on the right.

Argentina also bought commercial Colt Government models. Some commercial 1911s prior to WWI and U.S. Property Marked M1911A1s after WWII. These have the standard Colt markings (either Government model markings or U.S. Property Markings) but with an Argentine crest appearing on the top of the slide in some instances. Others were simply marked with the branch of the Argentine Military it was issued to.

The domestically produced Argentine 1911s would also say Ejercito Argentino on the right of the slide but the left says D.G.F.M - (F.M.A.P) for the domestic factory.
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Wow! Great catch!

Are you going to shoot it?
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Wow! Great catch!

Are you going to shoot it?
I shoot everything I own.

My Colt 1911 from 1918 still runs like a champ!
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I've become a 1911 collector apparently....



It's a GOOD habit to have.


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NICE addition.
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Old 11-22-2020, 7:07 AM
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You are certainly off to a good start. At the rate you are going you will have to get a bigger table to take pictures of all your 1911's.
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Old 11-22-2020, 8:55 AM
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You are certainly off to a good start. At the rate you are going you will have to get a bigger table to take pictures of all your 1911's.
Haha, this is the stuff I failed to take into account as I grow my collection.

Now I need to buy a bigger table and a larger piece of green felt.
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Beautiful addition to an wonderful collection!
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I shoot everything I own.

My Colt 1911 from 1918 still runs like a champ!
I heard the COLTS mfg during WW1 had no heat treatment? the service life is shorter on the early model 1911's , slides crack or get deformed faster.
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I heard the COLTS mfg during WW1 had no heat treatment? the service life is shorter on the early model 1911's , slides crack or get deformed faster.
This is true. I run an extra power recoil spring in mine to try to keep it from battering itself too much. If this actually helps is up for debate, but it runs fine with the extra power recoil spring.

That's why you get more than one 1911. You can spread the load over several pistols and nothing gets too beat up.

For the bulk of my 1911 shooting I take my Rock Island Armory 1911 GI to the range. i'll shoot a few rounds through my C&R guns then the Rock Island takes over and shoots the rest of my .45 ammo I brought to the range. And if that breaks....eh...it was only a $400 1911, but it shoots great.
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Catch up to High Power? That will be no small task. Good luck!
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Catch up to High Power? That will be no small task. Good luck!
Not all heroes wear capes....some have large C&R collections. lol

I'm not likely to catch up to Highpower unless I win the lottery, but the quest is most of the fun.
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Seeing as your going for the historical side of things, might I suggest a Star Model B as a future recommendation, aka the Hollywood 1911? Because Hollywood had problems cycling blanks through .45 caliber 1911's, the Star Model B proved to be a suitable stand-in for the 1911 well into the 1980's (iconically seen in The Wild Bunch for shooting sequences and in Pulp Fiction as Jules/Samuel L Jackson's handgun of choice) due to 9mm blanks cycling more reliably.
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Stars are very well made guns. But that is another slippery slope because once you get a Super B, then you have to get a Super A, then a BM and on and on and on.......

A while back I picked up a high condition Super A made in 1951 solely because it was $150. Since then I picked up a decent BM and am on the hunt for a high condition Super B.
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Very nice! Congrats
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Seeing as your going for the historical side of things, might I suggest a Star Model B as a future recommendation, aka the Hollywood 1911? Because Hollywood had problems cycling blanks through .45 caliber 1911's, the Star Model B proved to be a suitable stand-in for the 1911 well into the 1980's (iconically seen in The Wild Bunch for shooting sequences and in Pulp Fiction as Jules/Samuel L Jackson's handgun of choice) due to 9mm blanks cycling more reliably.
oh yes, Star pistols are on my list. Just further down.

I thought I would be content with just a WWI and WWII 1911 from Colt. I also picked up a Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless and a Mauser produced P.38.

But I'm hooked on the 1911 pursuit now. Looking for something from each of the manufacturers (excluding Singer). I want a Remington Rand, Ithaca, and Union Switch & Signal because.....why not? lol
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