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Wanted to Share Another Old Autoloader

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by ancientnoob, Mar 25, 2018.

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  1. ancientnoob

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    Just spent about 2 hours cleaning up this old autoloader. I figured I would share it. It is a Colt Model of 1911 chambered in .45 Auto. According to the Colt website It was manufactured in 1918 and has a mark on the frame United States Property - Eagle Head with S11 and several Letters H / S on the interior and a P on the barrel. It has a two tone magazine. This is both my oldest and largest pistol both in size and caliber. There is something inscribed on the inside of the grips - that I can see from the mag well but I have never attempted to remove the grips.

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  2. Blkhrt13

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    Nice
     
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    Beyond nice. That looks like a 95% or better gun. How's the bore? Does it have the two-toned magazine? I'm guessing it was never fired much. I would carefully remove the grip with the inscription. It is probably a name or a unit number....Who knows?

    If it's a name, you never know whose name it could be !!

    Worth up into four figures, that one. A beautiful 1911.
     
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  4. ancientnoob

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    Thanks guys. The bore is (in my non professional opinion) very good. It does have the two tone magazine with a little bit of rust at the transition. From my research all the markings and parts are correct. I bought the gun as a "re-blue." I also have the original holster. I don't have a terrible amount of money into it. I bought it so I could shoot it and not feel bad about it buuuutttt... I have shown it to 5 different people its pretty much 3 believe it is a reblue - because its too nice and little wear all over the gun., One guy who is an aficionado of 1911's examined it told me he believe it to be 100% correct for finish and valued it at $2000-5000. He said it would be a matter of finding a rear end for the chair. The last person was uncertain on if it was a reblue and did not want to venture an opinion, and no one wanted to take the grips off.
    The weapon its self is dead nuts accurate with 230gr Remington Ball. Not a single malfunction.
     
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    Congrats you have an extremely nice Colt pistol to cherry in many ways.
     
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    Very nice
     
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    Awesome 1911! Wouldn't matter to me if it was reblued or not; that's one fine veteran Colt 1911 (grips look fantastic too)! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Wow that is a suburb 1911
     
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  10. ancientnoob

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    Very nice thanks for sharing!! My question is since your weapon does not have the United States Property mark, is a commercial model? Absolutely lovely example - love the duel magazines!
     
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    I'm guessing the finish on the OPs gun is original based on the condition of the grips. They are pristine, all diamonds look crisp and sharp. If the gun had been shot enough to warrant a re-blue, the grips would probably show more wear.
     
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    That's to coolest thing I am likely to see today. Thanks for sharing, OP.
     
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    I had it's slightly more worn brother in my Arms Room, 1918 manufacture. I cried when they made me send it back and trade it for an M9.
    Outstanding 1911, ancientnoob.
     
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    Sorry I didn’t included a picture of the other side of the pistol which has the following:

    Model of 1911 U. S. Army

    United States Property
     
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    Congratulations you cleaned it up good,looks very nice!:thumbup:
     
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    Absolutely beautiful, thank you for sharing.
     
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    Beautiful, thank you for sharing.
     
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  18. 1911 guy

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    Nice gun. Me likey!
     
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    That is a winner. Very nice 1911 OP. I'm so envious.
     
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