Just Inherited Grandfather's WW1 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by AdkFlight, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. AdkFlight

    AdkFlight New Member

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    Well, I just inherited my Grandad's Colt 1911.

    It's stamped Model of 1911 U.S. Army on one side of the slide and above the trigger it's stamped United States Property with serial number 539XXX below it.

    So far, all I can find about it is that Colt made this particular gun sometime 1917-1918.

    Apparently my grandfather had it chromed. I know that's reduced the value.

    Any additional info on this would be greatly appreciated!!!



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  2. spzeig24

    spzeig24 New Member

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    My girlfriends grandfathers is the same way (minus chrome) same number stamp same US stamp manufactured between the same years. That's all I can fin out about that particular model as well. Only other thing I know is that he was presented it when he was promoted to general.
     

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  3. AdkFlight

    AdkFlight New Member

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    It's great to have such a great piece of family history!!
     
  4. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    A dollar price can not be set on family heirlooms. ;)
     
  5. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    It was built by Colt in 1919 in a production run of 48,900.

    It is a M1911 and it's value is what ever you want to assign to it. Do yourself and your family a favor and record everything you can verify about this gun. Write it down and store it in a safe place.

    I'm in a similar position with my father's M1911A1 Ithaca build. Once we're gone NO ONE will know the significance and sacrifice the owner has made/paid during their stewardship of this firearm. AND, understand we do not own these firearms, they are only now in our stewardship and will be handed down when our term expires.

    Welcome to this duty of love, it's our only connection to our past!
     
  6. AdkFlight

    AdkFlight New Member

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    Great feedback and well said.

    Thank you!
     
  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    You're a lucky man. Clean and lube it and shoot some hardball through it once in a while.
     
  8. tacticalfun

    tacticalfun Active Member

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  9. Rarity

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    Great piece of history you have there. Just keep it safe now!
     
  10. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    Especially when that heirloom is something that helped insure there is a family to pass it on to.
     
  11. Eturnsdale

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    That was almost as beautiful as the pieces of history you guys hold.
     
  12. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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  13. Eturnsdale

    Eturnsdale New Member

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    Is there a girl one of those?
     
  14. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    There doesn't need to be a girl version. The 1911 is a very manageable pistol to handle. They point naturally and the frame design allows you to get a nice high grip on it.

    See if you can try a friends or rent one. Shoot 230gr. FMJ and don't shoot any +P or +P+ ammunition to start. The recoil is more of a push rather than a sharp snap like a .40 S&W. I'd rather shoot a 1911 rather than a .40 any day.

    The 1911 is legendary almost to the point of being mythic, but there's real reasons for that. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

    BTW, you can get 1911's chambered in 9mm, but a real 1911 is .45ACP.
     
  15. Eturnsdale

    Eturnsdale New Member

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    Umm yeah. You misunderstood. I was talking about the picture of the guy tipping his hat.

    And you do not need to convince me of how good the 1911 is. I carry one daily.
     
  16. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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  17. spzeig24

    spzeig24 New Member

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    Atta girl. Keep carrying that 1911 proudly!!
     
  18. chuckusaret

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    I attended an gun auction this past Sunday that had two WWI Colt 1911's that were in 20% condition but winning bids were $1600 & $1700. Those old "girls" demand a good dollar.
     
  19. canebrake

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