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Old 02-15-2006, 11:07 AM   #1
 
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OK Guys, I finally got the 1911-A-1 Colt. That is the good news. The bad news is, the WWII infantry veteran that sold it to me refuses to let me do a story, or provide any information on his days in Burma. He is of the opinion that what he went through should stay buried in the past and die with him. The serial number is 222934. This would put this pistol in the year 1918 or so I think. In the serial # the three is larger than the other numbers.Right above the magazine release button is a inspectors stamp of some sort. The best I can tell, it is GHS with the H superimposed on top of the GS. I would say it is in 75% condition with a blued finish. I don't have a scanner, but will try and ,make arrangements to scan some pic later. $400 dollars is waht I paid. How did I do?
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Old 02-15-2006, 11:16 AM   #2
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Thief! You should be ashamed of yourself, taking advantage of a WWII Vet.
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Old 02-15-2006, 12:00 PM   #3
 
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I am a rogue, aren't I? Actually he wanted me to have it, so he cut me a deal. He realized it was worth more than that. BTW, with that low a serial# could it be a 1911 and not an A-1?I also got about 500 rds. of US GI Ball in the original boxes.
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Old 02-15-2006, 12:16 PM   #4
 
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man if that firearm could talk eh. One heck of a peice of history.
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Old 02-15-2006, 12:39 PM   #5
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I'll give you $403.35 for that gun. A tidy profit, I think you'll agree.
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Old 02-15-2006, 01:05 PM   #6
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Couple of points..

If ther serial number is from 1918 it can't be a 1911-A1... it's a 1911.

If the ammo you got is dated before 1955 be aware that it is corrosive and can ruin the gun if you don't clean it properly.

GHS is Col. Gibert H. Steward who inspected Colt 1911s and S&W 1917& Colt 1917 revolvers.
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Old 02-15-2006, 01:12 PM   #7
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For the uneducated here, what is the gun actually worth? Thanks.

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Old 02-15-2006, 01:18 PM   #8
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Can't tell yet.

Can you give us the markings on the slide?
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Old 02-15-2006, 04:13 PM   #9
 
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On the left side of the slide: patented Apr. 20, 1897,Sept. 9,1902,Dec. 19,1905, Feb.14,1911,Aug.19,1913--Colt's Pt.F.A.MFG Co, Hartford,Ct. U.S.A. On the right side--Model of 1911. U.S. Army

Ser# 222934
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Old 02-15-2006, 06:30 PM   #10
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All of that checks out.

It defintiely is a WWI gun and sounds like you've got a winner.
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Old 02-15-2006, 07:00 PM   #11
 
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Thanks for the info. I feel fortunate to get this fine old pistol.The ammo that came with it is Frankford Arsenal 1943. I think I'll just hang on to that. I'll send some pics as soon as possible.
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Good call... I wouldn't shoot it.
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Old 02-15-2006, 08:32 PM   #13
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The SN places it as a 1918 military pistol.
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Old 02-16-2006, 03:52 AM   #14
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Depending on condition and originality of parts, as much as $4,000.00.
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Old 02-18-2006, 01:27 PM   #15
 
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According to that Honorable gentleman, S. P. Fjestad, the weapon in question was manufactured in 1918 & is a Model 1911 U. S. Army. It was issued in blue steel and in 100% condition is worth $2,300.00. The described condition indicates about 75% so that would be about $525.00. I obtained this from the 23rd Edition of his book, so these values have probably changed & depending on your geographic location, they might be more. Hope this helps.

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Old 02-19-2006, 05:53 PM   #16
 
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Thanks for the history of this pistol. At the $400 price I paid for it, sounds like I was pretty close. 75% was what I figured it to be. Someone else may assign a lower % figure.With that 1918 date, I guess it's possible it saw service in WWI.
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Old 02-20-2006, 03:29 AM   #17
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Fjestad always seems conservative in his estimates. I watched a similar 1911 go last year at an auction of collectors go for a hair over $3,800.00.
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Old 02-20-2006, 10:42 AM   #18
 
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Well Dang!! This gets better all the time. I still think the 1911 is the finest pistol ever made. I was issued one as a sidearm during my service. It was a 1911 A-1 Remington Rand if my memory is correct.
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