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Old 08-03-2011, 11:05 PM   #1
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hello every one. I was recently lucky enough to be given a pre WW2 1911 colt govement model. I was able to establish thru the serial numbers it was made in 1921. It was carried and used during WW2. I know im probibly gonna catch alot of hell for this but i love and shoot this gun on a semi regular basis. Beleive me i want to put this peice of history to rest. I am currently looking for a suitable replacement for it. My main reason for posting this is I have several questions about it. Is it worth getting the paper work from colt for the gun? I was told that I could get the military records of the man who carried it and that would also up the value. Mainly i just want to know more of the guns history(big history buff). Is this possible? There are quite a few scratches on it from im guessing field dressing ( it hadent been touched since WW2 till i got it) should i get it refinished? I know having it done wrong will seriously destroy the value of it and not that I intend on selling it anytime soon I dont want to do that. Any sugestions would be most apriciated.

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Old 08-03-2011, 11:12 PM   #2
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I don't see what's wrong with shooting it every now and then. I buy firearms to shoot, not to stare at all day (although I do enjoy looking at them ). Regarding having it refinished I personally would not have it done, because it's an old war horse that deserves to be kept in its natural state of showing age. I find that wear on a firearm just gives it more character especially when a firearm develops that nice patina coloring.

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I say do not refinish, that pistol has too much history to wash it off.

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Don't refinish it!

It will destroy the value and embarrass the old warrior.

It's condition speaks of the road it has traveled.

Collect ALL the information you can to record its provenience.

M1911 production was suspended in 1919.

M1911A1 production started in 1924 and continued through 1945.

Send me the SN in a PM and I can tell you when your gun was built.

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Helluva first 1911
I'd leave it be & "warm it up" now & then

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I knew Cane would have something to say about refinishing it , and I couldn't agree with him more.

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Keep it as is. DO NOT refinish or alter it in any way! Clean it, lube it and shoot it once in a while with .230gr. FMJ ammunition and never use +P ammo in it.

Congratulations on owning an honorable old war horse.

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thanks for all the great advice guys. Finally got some pics of the old gal on my comp so enjoy. Please ignore the orange on the front sight. I loose it on dark targets so I put some floresent orange tape on it so I can see it. I have a question for you guys if your still out there. I found a 1911 clone from some company I have never heard of for a really decent price. All it says on the gun is IAI M600. its made in the philipines. Its a 1911 frame. If any of you know anything about it please advise. I cant find anything about it on the internet.

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Nice gun, that's a testament to American muscle

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There might be an echo in here, but I wouldn't refinish that either. They call that patina and it's worth a fair amount of money. I agree that it shows the character of the gun as well. Also, I wouldn't be afraid to shoot it once in a while either. But there's nothing wrong with buying another one.

Very nice gun, conagrats!

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