Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by FROGO207, Sep 23, 2021.
Pictures for you.
On the other hand, what you have is a glamor 1911. If I owned that, I'd have it in a display case. However, I have no use for a display case 1911 and if I could get $2,300 for it, I'd sell it.
However, I think I'd sell it because I don't like safe queens either, and I'm afraid that's all it would be to me. I'd rather have a 1911 38 Super that I would use.
Seriously it is good to have a crowning show piece in your collection. An odd figure you gave for it, I would have given a little less given the circumstances; certainly not over $2000 . The roll engraved type "commemoratives" are slow movers generally, but the Prancing Pony will always sell.
But that's me. I advise you to reflect upon whether or not there is anything you might want more than this specific pistol. If you can't think of anything, there's your answer.
I can't tell by looking at the photos but if you're right and the "engraving" is rolled (as most commemoratives typically are) as opposed to being actually engraved, the interest (and value) will take a steep nosedive; at least for me and, I suspect, for most serious Colt collectors. Still a nice looking pistol and probably worth close to what the op paid but, as you said, commemoratives address a narrow niche market and it can be hard to find a buyer in a relatively short period of time.
Interestingly, in perusing several pages of Colt commemorative pistols listed in the Blue Book of Gun Values (41st edition), I could find none chambered in .38 Super.
Engraving said to be by Baron, a reputable company, not a roll marker.
If you can find somebody to pay $2350, don't let him get away.
Keep it and shoot it goes to any favoritism or appeal you might have with it, an entirely emotional assessment. Me, I would take ANY Hk P7 over a presentation grade 1911 but I will never have the money to make the choice, and I know that it's functionally way overvalued. An other working 9mm or .45 would result in the same thing - a horribly butchered birthday cake.
Or maybe some holes in a paper target.
I don't see spending an extra $1000 to accomplish what a $499 Micro 9 auto can do. So, I'd sell it - consigned, Gunbroker, whatever you are comfortable with.
Ouch! I've overpaid for guns before, but never $1000 more. Feel awful for the OP.
Now a days, 38 Super 1911's are not so rare, even NM Gold Cup factory versions. I have a couple purchased over the past few years before the idiocy panic buying. I'd try to find a buyer to get your investment back with maybe a bit of a profit.
My hand engraved 38 (Jim Downing)
If you invest in a $200 set of shiney BBQ grips you'll easily make a few bucks selling it.
I still have a RIA FS one, it's a shooter
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