Collectable 1911 under $1250?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by LandMonster, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. LandMonster

    LandMonster New Member

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    What would you consider a 1911 that is thought of as collectable or heirloom worthy? Any of these under $1,250? Or are we talking nighthawk, Ed brown, Wilson combat only?
     
  2. jp_over

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  3. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Its hard.... Ive been looking for a "real" military 1911. They seem to bring big bucks ($1,200+) even if they look like they were dug outta the Pacific yesterday. :(
     
  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    how about a Colt 1911? anything else, no matter how nice is still a copy of the Colt. Colt is the original manufacturer of the 1911 and has been making them for well over 100 years.

    buy a Colt and it will never be a regret on your part if you want it to be an heirloom for your great grandchildren.
     
  5. jp_over

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    That's exactly what I did (but I do shoot mine)! :D
     
  6. Overkill0084

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    I suppose much depends on what "heirloom worthy" means to you.
    If you mean a pistol that will be able to be passed down to your heirs after a lifetime of use, then many mainstream manufacturers make a pistol good enough to to give your kids in 30 or 40 years (assuming it'll still be legal to.) I suspect my Springfield Armory Trophy Match will outlast me, as will my Dan Wessons.
    However, when in doubt, Colt is probably the way to go. They are still that standard by which all other 1911s are judged. Also noteworthy; many custom 1911 builders list Colt (among a short, select list of others) as a preferred starting point for a custom build.
    FWIW, I have a both a Colt and a Wilson Combat that were passed to me as heirlooms. I guess much depends on what your planning for your pistol.
     
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  7. BeyondTheBox

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    Heirloom quality to me only has to do with durability and physical quality, not name or popularity. Thus any 1911 would fit. From Turk to Flip, even the Spanish look-a-likes that aren't even considered actual 1911 A1 by definition. 1911 is simply a look to me, an overall function (SA w/hammer and basic body type that mimics the original 1911).
     
  8. LandMonster

    LandMonster New Member

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    Heirloom to me means something worthy to be passed. Something you may not shoot as much as you would otherwise if you were not intending to save it for your kids.
     
  9. BClayton357

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    I think for me it would be more about what made the gun special for the person who passed it down. Nearly all firearms by their nature are collectible and potential heirlooms. But I tend to think they are foremost for shooting. So if you already have a decent 1911 you shoot and love, that's your heirloom gun. I treasure a model 19 S/&W revolver that was given to me by my father-in-law. All that said you might look for a Colt 1911 Anniversary Edition. Those can be found new in box for close to your limit. I sure would smile if somebody passed one down to me.