Not an A1...

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by General-Logic, May 22, 2010.

  1. General-Logic

    General-Logic New Member

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    Made between May and October of 1918 for the United States Army(SN 440xxx). That places it at the very end of WW1. If only it could talk.
    Location and price edited not that it matters it's gone anyway. I'm lucky I got some pictures. It was in the case less than a day! I knew what it was immediately. Still had a decent bore and was all original except for a missing magazine replaced with a new one, man I wish it was in my hands right now. Just beautiful, an old Colt.
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  2. ScottG

    ScottG New Member

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    That's the kind I want. Too bad it got away from you, if you were hoping to get it anyway....
     

  3. General-Logic

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    I just learned this pistol was bought by my uncle. He said it's mine as soon as he has it checked by a gunsmith...
    I'm not sure why he did this.
     
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  5. CA357

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    Wow! You've got a terrific Uncle. :cool:
     
  6. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    A M1911 with that warrior past should be retired and kept for posterity.

    The 1918 had two types of finishing, the early blue finish, or the later black Army finish.

    Blue book puts the value at $4,250 for a 98% down to $1,000 for a 60%.

    Nice get!

    Let us know when you get it and of course we will need some gun porn!
     
  7. Biohazurd

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    That would be most spectacular!
     
  8. General-Logic

    General-Logic New Member

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    Is it wrong that the very first thing I'm going to do is retire the brand new magazine and replace it with my coveted original WW1 magazine? I just happen to own a perfectly usable tutoned Colt original. I knew it was a good idea not to sell it!
    I will be shooting this handgun and I will be filming it for everyone to see. Then I will clean it and stow it away. There is no possible way I can own this pistol and not fire it. My 1911 collection grows...


    It's been a long journey and France hasn't been as you wished. No dancing girls, no Eiffel Tower, no Paris. The only wine you had drank was dug from a cellar and wasn't as sweet as you'd been told.
    Someone far above you and far away has sent your Division to defend the Marne and you're being stationed at Chateau-Thierry and are now marching there along an ancient looking road paved in cobblestones and you wonder if it's really Roman like the guys say it is. Along the line a Sergeant calls your last name and hands you a brown cardboard box and your heart soars as you feel the familiar weight that can only mean your replacement pistol has finally arrived...just in time for another push toward the Germans too. Maybe this time we'll gain a few hundred yards instead of the twentyfive we gained last push but those damned Maxims never sleep and the artillery makes sure you don't either. Rumors of an Armistice are rampant and everyone hopes they are true. This war is a horror no man should be visited with. You wonder if your wife will even want you when you return considering the things you've seen and done...do you deserve her?
    The new Colt gleams in the sunlight as you unwrap the brown paper it was wrapped in...the guys are jealous as they all take turns holding your new sidearm. Everyone elses is rough and worn, yours is brand new and something new is a rare treat this far up the line. You lost the first one months ago in a Belgian trench as a shell burst threw you to the wooden planks and it slipped into the mire beneath. You requested a replacement even though most don't. You never imagined one would actually be approved! In all the mayhem of war your paperwork was checkmarked and your new sidearm was shipped on the 2nd of June according to the slip of paper inside the box. This new Colt is crisp and fresh still wet with factory oil and it smells new. New is good. New can be trusted. You almost feel bad slipping it into your old holster and you wish you'd known this was coming so you could have washed the leather out or something first...


    Yeah. I have a real THING for 1911s. Especially old ones. This gun saw more life in it's first year than I will ever see. I have nothing but respect for such an item.
     
  9. General-Logic

    General-Logic New Member

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    The original period magazine I have waiting for it.
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  10. Davyboy

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    quality weapons

    Quality weapons Like that are routinley deactivated as there is no market in UK sad
     
  11. nightal

    nightal New Member

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    I wish I had that Mag. for my 1917 colt, it was shipped from Colt in Jan 1918 to the Springfield Arsenal [​IMG]


    it is a blued pistol.
     
  12. General-Logic

    General-Logic New Member

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    I actually found that magazine in an ammobox in an attic. It was accompanied by three Luger mags one of which was a wooden bottom. I sold the metal Luger mags for $80 each the wooden one went to a friend who has a period Luger to match it. This I kept because I just knew somehow, some way I would own a WW1 Colt.
     
  13. General-Logic

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    Well I just talked to him and my Uncle did me a solid and paid for the majority of the pistol for my birthday. I thought he bought it but he just layed it back for me after I called him and practically drooled through the phone. He said he will have it checked for me but I can do that myself. I am paying a ridiculously low price for this pistol...like REALLY low. I almost feel bad but not really.

    In case it isn't obvious, I have a BIG love for 1911s. They are my favorite handgun if not my favorite firearm PERIOD. I have rarely owned anything that goes bang that I wouldn't immediately trade for a 1911. The one exception was the pair of 1911s I traded for a Thompson 1927-A1 Deluxe. This will be the first Colt I have owned. I am thrilled it is a vintage warhorse from the Great War. Simply perfect.

    I have owned the following makes:
    Essex
    Ithaca
    Springfield
    Remington Rand
    Randall
    Llama
    Taurus
    Norinco

    and now, finally, a COLT!!!