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Old 01-14-2006, 05:41 PM   #1
 
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WWII 1911-A1 Colt

I have a friend offering me a WWII 1911-A1 Colt that he personally carried in Burma, and brought home after the war. He is asking $400 for it. It is in great mechanical condition, and the finish has a plum brown patina over much of the exterior. Would this be a good price, or is he asking too much? If I had it reparkerized, would that be a mistake?
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Old 01-14-2006, 06:25 PM   #2
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That is a steal for a good WWII gun. It would be criminal to refinish it .
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Old 01-14-2006, 07:23 PM   #3
 
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Thanks for the advice. What would be the value of this pistol?He also has the original holster, and 500 rds. of GI ball ammo that goes with it.
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See my answer in your Ballester-Mollina thread.

Don't refinish it. Keep it well oiled and safe. Hell, it might be worth a spot in a bank safe deposit box.
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We don't have enough information for a real value. Got a picture?
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Old 01-15-2006, 06:26 AM   #6
 
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I plan to pick it up Monday. I'll send a picture, but it may take me a few days to get some good ones taken digitally and sent, as I don't have a digital camera.He originally wanted $800 for the pistol, but he has heart failure now, and wants me to have it since I appreciate waht it is.So, he brought it down so I could afford it.
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$800 is in the ballpark of what I'd expect to see this gun tagged for on a gun show table, if not more--maybe a LOT more (as Charlie says, hard to pin it down without being able to evaluate finish and condition). And that is NOT from the original owner, with documentation or provenance.

You're getting a special deal, here.
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Some distant, far-away day, I hope I run into a chance like you have, right now.
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If your friend is amenable, have him sign a letter attesting to the pistols provenance. When I worked firearms retail, we saw a steady stream of "my friend/dad/uncle carried it in the war" pistols. But without something to back it up, it was just another old pistol to collectors.

While you're at it, tape-record any experiences of the war he's willing to relate. That generation is passing, and when they're gone there will be no way to get those memories.
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While you're at it, tape-record any experiences of the war he's willing to relate. That generation is passing, and when they're gone there will be no way to get those memories.
That is an excellent idea. Get a picture of him with it too, if you can.

How many times have you read on this board where someone buys a surplus M1 or carbine or Springfield or Enfield or Mauser or something and says, "Wow, if this old gun could talk, I wonder where it's been and the stories it could tell." Well here's one where you don't have to wonder. You can KNOW, and get it documented for all time.

This could even make an intereting feature story in some gun mag. I can see American Rifleman running such a story.
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WWII 1911-A1 Colt

All of these are excellent ideas, and I will try and do all of them.I think he will go along with it, for he is proud of his WWII service, and realizes his generations place in History.I will try and get a dozen or so different pics of him with the pistol, along with a written provenance, and will try to get a tape of his total military experience from basic all the way to Burma, and what happened after he returned to the states.I don't know how long all of this will take, but however much I am able to do, I will report back and share it. Thanks
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