Real or replica?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by pandamonium, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. pandamonium

    pandamonium New Member

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    My brother gave me this the other day, a 1911a1, there is no serial # on the frame, on the slide is SM m1911A1-67 Autoloading Pistol, Army Model, Caliber .45. On the other side of the slide is SM and then MGC in a logo type stamp. The barrel is either plugged or whatever, on the bottom of the main spring housing is stamped Japan. Is this a decommisioned gun or a replica? I have no other info about it. Here are some pics. Thanks.
     

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  2. pandamonium

    pandamonium New Member

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    Some more...
     

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  3. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    I'm guessing replica.
     
  4. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Looks like it might be one of the replicas that fired the brass "blanks" with the caps inside.
     
  5. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    MGC appears to stand for "Model Gun Corporation" (or maybe Company)

    Japan, founded 1959, not sure if they are still in business. There appears
    to be some collector interest, especially on the early ones. Die cast
    replicas. Used to see full page ads for something like these in magazines
    and even comic books in the 60's.

    ETA: There are half a dozen of them, various models, on Ebay.
     
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  6. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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  7. pandamonium

    pandamonium New Member

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    Thank you gentlemen, replica it is. I appriciate your help.
     
  8. Paladin10

    Paladin10 New Member

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    Disappointing, I'm guessing there's no way to just swap parts n' pieces to make it a functional firearm? I know you were really looking to get a 1911.
     
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Paladin- that way lies death, destruction, and disaster- or a least a trip to your local emergency room to have pieces parts of your Frankengun removed from valued parts of your anatomy. Bad ju-ju. REALLY bad ju-ju.
     
  10. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    +1,000 on this fine advice.

    A replica is just that not intended for live rounds Ever:eek:
     
  11. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Replica. The give away from me is the lack of barrel link. The barrel will not be locked during firing as the lack of a link prevents the camming action required to unlock. Generally speaking such "guns" are not made of the requisite grade of steel and not adequately heat treated.

    DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MAKE IT INTO A FIRING GUN!!!
     
  12. Paladin10

    Paladin10 New Member

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    oh no, i would never try, but originally we had hoped it had just been decommissioned, and had hoped to replace whatever might be missing.