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Old 03-26-2009, 08:25 PM
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I did some safe organizing today and dug out this interesting Colt.
It's a Colt Commercial that was shipped to the Argentine army back in 1915, It is 1 of 1000 made for them and shipped in a ship we also made and sold them back then.
I guess it has a certian collectable value although the slide stop and trigger are not the correct vintage.
It resides in the safe along side of my Smiths and they get along quite well!
Just thought I would share.

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I did some safe organizing today and dug out this interesting Colt.
It's a Colt Commercial that was shipped to the Argentine army back in 1915, It is 1 of 1000 made for them and shipped in a ship we also made and sold them back then.
I guess it has a certian collectable value although the slide stop and trigger are not the correct vintage.
It resides in the safe along side of my Smiths and they get along quite well!
Just thought I would share.

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Old 03-26-2009, 08:42 PM
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Here is a shot of my oldest 1911, well I guess more accurately a 1911 knock-off. A 1943 vintage Llama in .38 Super.

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Poor picture. But here is my 1914 production Colt. I was looking for a 1911 for a young Marine. An older man in Woodland brought this in to have me look at. I tried to hide my excitement when I saw the serial # was in the 62k range. It was covered with a fine coating of rust from being stored in a damp garage. He wanted $500. When I agreed he changed his mind. Two years later he called and offered it to me again. I was so relieved to see that the rust cleaned off with only a few pits.
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Poor picture. But here is my 1914 production Colt. I was looking for a 1911 for a young Marine. An older man in Woodland brought this in to have me look at. I tried to hide my excitement when I saw the serial # was in the 62k range. It was covered with a fine coating of rust from being stored in a damp garage. He wanted $500. When I agreed he changed his mind. Two years later he called and offered it to me again. I was so relieved to see that the rust cleaned off with only a few pits.
We have to talk, I sent you an email.
Here is a pic of your 1911s brother.
Also in the 62K range !!! More details in the sent email.
Look Ma' Twins!

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I have a 1913 military 1911, in the 10,XXX range. It's not 100% correct and has an old reblue, but sure looks like the one Pike Bishop would have used. It's got tons of character, and yes, it works just fine, thank you.
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:08 PM
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Ya, those old 1911's are awsome!
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My son will be commissioned in the fall and I have though of giving him a 1911 as a graduation gift. Been watching prices but really do not know what to look for in an old Colt officers 1911.
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I REALLY wish my grandfather hadn't sold his 1911 Uncle Sam issued him for WWII!!!!! I've got his footlocker and a couple interesting things in it but to have his 1911 would really be nice!
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Hear is my meager contribution...It's an WWII Ithica that I bought from an old friend who supposedly carried it in North Africa during the war.



Very nice guns guys.

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Back around 1989 or 90, I happened upon an old Colt 1911. The serial number put it in the 1914 range I bought it but not being interested in the gun at the time, I was more into 70 series for building up I put it up for sale. Well a friend of mine told me he knew a fellow who was interested in it. I said fine to tell the gentleman to call me. The guy called me one weeknight and talked to me for two hours, said his grandfather was a WWI vet and he collected old guns like his grandfather used in the war and would like to buy my 1911. To make a long story short I sold the old Colt to the gentleman for what I had in it. Before you guys tell me I'm nuts let me tell you about the man I sold it to - his name is Alvin York III.
True story, but I wish I had the gun back!
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Good on you! Great story. What else did you learn?
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Here's mine.



Colt G.I Issue. Serial number dates it to 1914. Arsenal reworked most likely during WW II. I'm told the two tone slide is characteristic of guns rebuilt during that period. Like most rebuilds its a mix of both original 1911 and later A1 parts. Note the arched A1 mainspring housing and the original long trigger.
From its condition, I doubt if the gun ever got re-issued.

I think y'all are familar with the gun on the right.
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Hey Greyfox, It is not actually a two tone slide,
Only the front of the barrels were hardened back then, So the barrel is before 1924 I believe.
I see quite a few looking like that.;
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Not the best picture, but here's my 1915-vintage GI issue 1911 that I got from my uncle -

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I like the 1911 A1's and have been watching for a deal one for a while now. Anybody got any more pictures of WWII era pistols? Remington-Rand, Colt, Ithaca etc.
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Here's a pic of one of my commercial Colts. I'm a softie for 38 super and 45 ACP commercials...
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I like the 1911 A1's and have been watching for a deal one for a while now. Anybody got any more pictures of WWII era pistols? Remington-Rand, Colt, Ithaca etc.
Augusta arsenal rebuild, Ithaca/Remington Rand


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leswad, That's exactly what I'm looking for. Think of all who may have handled that weapon over the years.
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:16 AM
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Here is another 1914 model year that was so rusty that the slide was rusted through.
I bought it for $50 last year and set to making it a shooter. The slide is not correct for the year, But all the other parts are original 1914 Colt parts, The original barrel was shot out, So the barrel, slide and grips are not correct,,, But I have shot a few hundred rounds through this one and I would trust it anyday!

It's pretty ugly with no collector value. But I would not sell it for less than $500.
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