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Old 12-09-2011, 10:01 PM   #21
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Has that trigger been modified? It looks like it's been shortened with a home checkering done to the trigger face.


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Old 12-09-2011, 10:33 PM   #22
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Trip- Not to my knowledge and unless it was done shortly after the war I would highly doubt it...this thing has been in a safe since about 1955. I did read somewhere before though that the smaller checkered trigger was done on certain production years of the Colt. I'll have to try to find that article.


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Old 12-09-2011, 10:35 PM   #23
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I only ask because my grandfather's doesn't have that, and I've only seen that on one other gun, it was one that had been modified.
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:56 PM   #24
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The pistol shown in this thread is a 1911A1. The 'access' cuts on the frame just aft of the trigger guard identify it as such. The 'A1' modification started in 1924, so it cannot be older than that. Some G. I. pistols had the 'cross hatched' triggers. From the photos, that pistol looks pretty much as issued. Collector's value in that pistol; probably secondary to family value. I wouldn't part with any gun that had belonged to either of my grandfathers. (I don't have any, but...)

Fine (0000) steel wool and most any lubricant will typically remove the rust without removing the finish underneath. Do NOT use a 'rust remover' like Naval Jelly; it will take off the rust and the finish! (I don't know if Naval Jelly is even sold anymore.)

CLP - breakfree - is a good general purpose lubricant and protective coat for metal. For actual cleaning, I prefer Hoppe's #9 as it seems to remove most powder residue and other gunk without being too harsh on either the gun or one's hands.
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