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AdkFlight 09-22-2012 10:46 PM

Just Inherited Grandfather's WW1 1911
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Well, I just inherited my Grandad's Colt 1911.

It's stamped Model of 1911 U.S. Army on one side of the slide and above the trigger it's stamped United States Property with serial number 539XXX below it.

So far, all I can find about it is that Colt made this particular gun sometime 1917-1918.

Apparently my grandfather had it chromed. I know that's reduced the value.

Any additional info on this would be greatly appreciated!!!

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spzeig24 09-22-2012 10:52 PM

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My girlfriends grandfathers is the same way (minus chrome) same number stamp same US stamp manufactured between the same years. That's all I can fin out about that particular model as well. Only other thing I know is that he was presented it when he was promoted to general.

AdkFlight 09-22-2012 10:59 PM

It's great to have such a great piece of family history!!

danf_fl 09-22-2012 11:00 PM

A dollar price can not be set on family heirlooms. ;)

canebrake 09-23-2012 12:27 AM

It was built by Colt in 1919 in a production run of 48,900.

It is a M1911 and it's value is what ever you want to assign to it. Do yourself and your family a favor and record everything you can verify about this gun. Write it down and store it in a safe place.

I'm in a similar position with my father's M1911A1 Ithaca build. Once we're gone NO ONE will know the significance and sacrifice the owner has made/paid during their stewardship of this firearm. AND, understand we do not own these firearms, they are only now in our stewardship and will be handed down when our term expires.

Welcome to this duty of love, it's our only connection to our past!

AdkFlight 09-23-2012 12:31 AM

Great feedback and well said.

Thank you!

CA357 09-23-2012 02:57 AM

You're a lucky man. Clean and lube it and shoot some hardball through it once in a while.

tacticalfun 09-23-2012 02:26 PM


Rarity 09-23-2012 02:42 PM

Great piece of history you have there. Just keep it safe now!

utf59 09-24-2012 02:58 AM


Originally Posted by danf_fl (Post 951013)
A dollar price can not be set on family heirlooms. ;)

Especially when that heirloom is something that helped insure there is a family to pass it on to.

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