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Old 08-19-2010, 12:47 AM   #11
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Very nice guns.
I see surface rust on the 1911, oil that baby down!

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Old 08-19-2010, 12:58 AM   #12
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Very Nice 1911!! Keep it!

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Old 08-19-2010, 01:52 AM   #13
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Oh yeah;


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Beautiful. Keep it forever.

Have fun with the llama.

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Old 08-19-2010, 02:50 AM   #15
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thanks for the replies. my plan was to just oil it and then put it away for safe keeping to pass on and keep in the family forever. is there anything else i should do for long term storage? i know manufactures pack them with grease b/c they don't know how long they will sit in storage or will it be fine with a good cleaning and oiling?
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Do not leave it in holster. If you use a plastic container, put a dissicant package in with it (and still keep an eye on it). find a good leather protector for the holster.

(now if you want to avoid the headaches of storage, you can always send the setup to me.)

Good find.

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I agree do NOT store it in the holster. That is probably what caused the slide pitting. Leather holsters are acidic. Store a pistol in one for a few decades and corrosion starts and spreads.

I have my own grandfather's WWI 1911 and wouldn't even think of selling it. My dad carried it in WW2, and he gave it to me when I joined the Army myself a few decades later. I carried it for decades (eventually retired for a 1991, but nothing wrong with it, I just wanted a firing pin safety). Three generations of the same family have owed their lives to the same pistol. The concern of Collectors can be ignored from my perspective. It has new Wolff springs in it and yes, I still shoot it sometimes (although decades later other .45s and 1911s sold by foolish people have also crawled into my safe) and it works with any ammo I have ever fed it. Mine has very little bluing left. I intend it to stay functional. My hope is someday a son or daughter of mine will also get it. And their kids and their kids, etc.

Yours is a Colt 1911 and I concur on the circa 1918. Very nice. In the pictured condition with the magazines and the old ammo bidding would probably start at around $750 and could (in the right economy) go up to two or three times that. This is a terrible economy however and some people who have fallen on really hard times have had to let some old Colt's go at ridiculously low prices this year.

The ammo probably still works just fine. I would at least think about getting new Wolff spring packs for both the pistol and the magazines. I note from the grip wear it has probably been fired almost as much as mine. You could always just baggie the older springs and store them with the holster.

The Llamas came in varying degrees of quality. Slimmer after market grips are available for it. Not much collector interest for them (yet, cause things change). Just the grips of the .45 could possibly bring enough to buy a Llama like that in today's marketplace.

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Some wonderful pistols you have there. You need to snag that 1911 and keep it safe. The history tied to it and your family is priceless.

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what would you guys suggest i do if i were to store it in my safety deposit box?
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Not a bad idea. What I would also do is document how the handgun came to your possession and who (with some kind of dates) had it before. Documentated history is an added factor for collector guns.

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