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Old 09-07-2011, 04:07 AM   #11
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From what I can remember off the top of my head, its a .45 M1911 US Army pistol, pristine condition, but has age. Says "Property of US Army".

But the main question is, is it legal for a citizen to own a pistol like this? It has a serial number
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it's also possible the uncle was building a display piece with a dummy receiver. are there are any markings or serial numbers .
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Friend of mine and I were going through some of his uncles old stuff. We found quite a few older pistols but one is getting us curious.

From what I can remember off the top of my head, its a .45 M1911 US Army pistol, pristine condition, but has age. Says "Property of US Army".
I don't think this is a problem.

Note the dust cover roll mark on this current Colt offering to the public.

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Quick update.
Come to find out, all of the parts for the Browning are real except for the "receiver". His aunt says when he had the gun shop, he built the receiver to imitate a real one then used the rest of the parts and had them as a showpiece in the showroom. She says some people DID report it to police thinking it was real so he had to show them several times it was fake except for the barrel, stand, etc..

Crisis Averted, no SWAT team coming to the door haha. Thanks alot for the help. and you say the 1911 might be worth something? What about the REAL parts for the Browning?
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Any valuation is subjective and depends on the condition, age and authenticity of the entire gun but generally speaking an original Colt M1911 in mint condition will be would several thousand dollars. Do you know anything about the gun's history, is it a WWII takehome? Go online and enter the serial number into a Colt database to determine manufacture date. Some of the other members here are 1911 experts and will be able to help you determine the value but nothing will replace having a trustworthy, experienced collector look it over.

Yes, the real parts for the Browning will have value to a collector. Original parts to anything that is no longer being manufactured has some value...
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Next time I head out that way, I will take some pictures for the condition and check the serial number. It appears to be almost flawless from what I saw, dont know if there is any little things to look for.
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Next time I head out that way, I will take some pictures for the condition and check the serial number. It appears to be almost flawless from what I saw, dont know if there is any little things to look for.
Should look like the top one, correct?

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