I just picked up three new Colt WWI repro's with consecutive serials. Got a good deal on them together, too. What kind of collectors value can I expect down the road?
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November 22, 2007, 12:30 PM
Don't really know about the value. I have 3 Sig 229 models without the rail that are consectutive serial numbered. 2 NIB and 1 that I carry.
November 22, 2007, 01:22 PM
November 23, 2007, 08:50 PM
You haven't heard of the Colt 1911 WW1 Replica?
November 23, 2007, 09:24 PM
I dont know if it will be valuable as they are just replicas of other past made guns. I doubt it.
November 23, 2007, 10:15 PM
Tecumseh is right. They may go up in value as time goes by, but they'll always be just that, replicas. Colt has made 1911 replicas twice before. The first were in the 1960's and were a four-gun WW1 commemorative set. The second time was in 1981 with the John M. Browning commemorative. I see both listed for sale online quite regularly, and they never sell for more than $800 or so. Of course the new replica tries to actually look like the original, instead of just being a gold-inlayed wall hanger. However I think it'll be some time before they increase enough in value to where they're best kept as safe queens, even in light of the fact that they're consecutively numbered.
Then again, only 20 years ago all USGI surplus .45's were considered cheap junk, ideal for practicing frontstrap checkering on.
November 23, 2007, 10:43 PM
I have one of these pistols. Its serial number is in the mid-2,000s of the 4,000 that Colt was alleged to have set as the limit. Of late I have been seeing serial numbers in the 5,000s. Strikes me odd. Anyhow, I use my WWI reissue. I don't anticipate it ever going through the roof in value.
As I see life, my wife's second husband will probably smoke my Cubans. He will probably drink my 15-year-old Scotch. He will probably even befriend my worthless dog that snarls at me. Hades on high, the fool may even be so delusional as to believe he can actually fill my size 13 cowboy boots that I refused to remove, even in bed. And per my good nature I have already spoiled my wife for all other men, so that leaves only my firearms collection for consideration. Frankly, I'll be d@mned if I'll leave any man a new-in-the-box Colt 1911! :D
Shoot 'em if ya got 'em.
November 23, 2007, 11:05 PM
Colt has extended the run beyond the original 4000 number killing potential collector value of the WWI repro.
Unless they set a cap there will be no collector value. I shoot mine. I love its classic lines and purest looks at a fraction of a real WWI
November 24, 2007, 02:29 AM
Make no mistake the Colt WW1 Repo will grow in value, all other Colts do so why would this be different?
November 24, 2007, 11:43 AM
Simply not true. If they continue to produce them their value will not grow. They will never be worth more than the nib gun is currently selling for.
Not all Colt go up in value. The ORM 1911s are a bargain these days. They do not fetch anywhere near what they cost new.
Buy Colts shoot Colts. If you want an investment buy stocks. IMHO
November 24, 2007, 12:09 PM
The MKIV Series 80 guns sell at a discount on Gunbroker as well. I've seen nice clean 97%+ condition guns in the $550 range. That's cheaper than one of the new roll mark 1991s. So all Colts do not go up in value.
Regarding the WW1 repros, if Colt discontinues production on the WW1s anytime soon, three guns with consecutive serial numbers might fetch a small premium if you found a die hard Colt collector. The operative word here is "small" premium. Congrats, you've got three real nice guns. If it were me, I'd keep one consecutive pair unfired, and shoot the heck out of the third. :)
November 24, 2007, 05:25 PM
Ok my mistake not all Colts go up in value but the majority do.
November 24, 2007, 06:58 PM
[With modern production methods, limited runs sometimes draw a big yawn and, as mentioned above, soon sell for less than the original price. In regard to the colt repro, I don't care. Mine shoots extremely well and I'm glad I have it.
November 24, 2007, 08:51 PM
I enjoy using this pistol. Here are two distinct pictures. The first picture is stock from the factory. The second picture is dressed up with some stag grips, and an arched mainspring housing...just for the fun of it.