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I am a SSA Ruger revolver guy, but received in a trade a NIB Colt 1911A Limited. What I understand 911 were made, they are Colt's replica of the WWII-Korea-Nam 1911's. Not much for sights on it and I have a convertable Blackhawk that I enjoy shooting .45acp that has great sights. The only thing is have never shot a true 1911 befor. What do you think - shoot it or collect it?
 

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Shoot it. I hate safe queens. I have an unfired first run 1984 SS Colt coming soon and I have 500 rds set aside for it. I won't own a gun if I can't shoot it. Hell I can get a paper weight for free why spend money on one?
 

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I have never owned anything like that but I say shoot it and take very good care of it.
 

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Collect it.

This is my 100 Year Anniversary Tier III Colt's 1918. It will never be shot.





 

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Collect it, you have other guns to shoot
That one should stay in perfect condition. Besides maybe a treasure to pass along to your children or family.
 

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If you've never really shot a 1911 before, the odds are pretty good that you won't be able to tell any difference between that gun and $450 Rock Island GI 1911.

Keep it unfired and you'll have something truly rare and something that will be coveted by many in the years to come. If you want a shooter, save your money a little more and get something that's common and won't hurt to shoot the snot out of it.
 

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i dont like to own guns that are too rare or expensive to shoot. if it was me i would shoot it or sell it then buy a colt new production 1911 series 70 and shoot the snot out of it.
 

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If you've never really shot a 1911 before, the odds are pretty good that you won't be able to tell any difference between that gun and $450 Rock Island GI 1911.

Keep it unfired and you'll have something truly rare and something that will be coveted by many in the years to come. If you want a shooter, save your money a little more and get something that's common and won't hurt to shoot the snot out of it.
This. Heck come on by my place I will gladly let you shoot some of mine. Once that one has been shot it can't be undone.
 

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If you've never really shot a 1911 before, the odds are pretty good that you won't be able to tell any difference between that gun and $450 Rock Island GI 1911.

Keep it unfired and you'll have something truly rare and something that will be coveted by many in the years to come. If you want a shooter, save your money a little more and get something that's common and won't hurt to shoot the snot out of it.
Agreed, collect.

By a shooter RIA, five years from now, when you can look at it and it still looks factory new, you will appreciate it more.
 

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I wouldn't shoot it either, a few rounds probably wouldn't make much difference (unless it wasn't even test fired at the factory) but why take the chance when you could rent or borrow a friend's 1911 to try out. Every shot does leave wear marks.

I have a like new 1941 Luger P08 that I'll never shoot, just too valuable. It's the only gun I own I won't shoot. Instead I shoot a mismatched parts 1913 P08.
 

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I always figured that the best thing about virginity is that it can (and should) be temporary. :D

I doubt that it left the factory without at least one round being shot. I'd put a mag (or 3) through it, clean it with love & care, then let it become a safe queen if that's your preference. JMHO
 

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COLLECT! With the prices they are presently bringing I would collect the piece! If they are worth good money now they will be worth much more in the future. And it will be better return than you could ever get from a bank or investment for the period of time. An example I have a FN-LAR National Match Rifle that I purchased from Guns South in 1985 for $1000. And have been offered as much as $3500.00 for it more than once.You can not get that kind of return out of much anything else today.
So with that thought in mind! I would Collect it!

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Thank you all for your input. I was leaning on just collecting it, have no real attachment to it. Will look at buying a good used 1911 if I feel the need to go to the range with one someday. I appreciate all the points of veiw.
 
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