First look for the "Idiot mark".
Check the rails for minute cracks.
Check barrel to see if there is a bulge.
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If your friend purchases it, change all springs. Recoil, firing pin and main spring.
Most 1911's will show any defects in an obvious manner if it has not been covered in Cane's referenced area.
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