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Old 08-28-2013, 03:37 AM   #1
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I jade a fine pistol come up for trade it dates back to 1918 and seems to have original finish along with grips. The pistol seems to be in good shape. Can anyone give me a value range of it


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A lot.

Sorry, I'm don't know much about the value of vintage Colts. I've seen older ones go for anywhere between $1000-$3000+.

Was it an military issue? WWI? WWII? I believe that would add to it's value.

The gun looks pretty nice. A little rough, but that just adds to it's character. Especially if it's a milsurp.

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The frame appears to have the US Govt property stamp on it. The rear sight is aftermarket.

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Can't tell much without closeups of all markings. .serial numbers are very important in determining actual date and originality of other parts.

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Did a quick google search and there are a few things that help increase it's value.

If it is all original (not a refurb)

If it is marked US PROPERTY

It's condition.

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What would yall say it condition is in and yes it is stamped us army

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Am NOT an expert on 1911 pistols- but there are a few things there that would make me ask questions.

The 1911 was adopted in, well....1911. It did not have scallops in the frame behind the trigger, had a "double diamond" grip checkering, and had an arched mainspring housing. Front sight and hammer were also slightly different from the 1911A1.

Which was adopted in 1924. Yours looks like a 1911A1. Which could not have been made in 1918. And, as pointed out, that is not a GI rear sight.

The real high $$$$ colts are ORIGINAL. In the original configuration. Do not THINK that one meets the bar, so to speak. may be a great shooter, but a great collector's gun? Well.............

Sorry, but would have someone that IS a whiz on 1911s to have a close look.

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Am NOT an expert on 1911 pistols- but there are a few things there that would make me ask questions.

The 1911 was adopted in, well....1911. It did not have scallops in the frame behind the trigger, had a "double diamond" grip checkering, and had an arched mainspring housing. Front sight and hammer were also slightly different from the 1911A1.

Which was adopted in 1924. Yours looks like a 1911A1. Which could not have been made in 1918. And, as pointed out, that is not a GI rear sight.

The real high $$$$ colts are ORIGINAL. In the original configuration. Do not THINK that one meets the bar, so to speak. may be a great shooter, but a great collector's gun? Well.............

Sorry, but would have someone that IS a whiz on 1911s to have a close look.
I know there are proof marks on the gun, I don't have it in my hand to see, all I have are the two pics. Thank you for your input....where's cane
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What bothers me is the fact that someone in the past ruined the originality of it.

A 1918 did not have finger cuts near the trigger, that yours does.

A 1918 (without mods) is great to keep, a 1918 (with mods) is not a collector's dream and could only be worth about $450.

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Yup--it's been modified some. Finger scallops (smaller than a A1), rear sight, and that magazine release looks
a little big. If it was modified by bubba the local gunsmith the collector value is gone. It's a shooter.
If it was modified by a US Army armorer, and you can document it---that would add to the value a bit.

Nice gun---If it were mine I would clean it up, maybe replace the recoil spring, and shoot the heck out of it.

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