Should I Buy This?

Should I Buy This?

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    Should I Buy This?

    I have an opportunity to pick up a Colt 1911 Compact w/ traditional blue finish, and I think it bears the 1991A1 distinction (a guy I work with hasn't brought the gun in, for obvious reasons, so I haven't actually seen it yet). Less than 200 rounds through 'er.

    I see a similar one listed for $599...he wants $500.

    Here's the crux; although I'd LOVE to be a collector of 1911s, I already have two. Before everyone starts in with 'ONLY TWO!!?!?!' One of those is a Kimber Ultra Ten II and is my CCW. Is there any practical reason I should consider this nice representative of the Colt family? I really don't need it...but...

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    When you say compact, do you mean regular Officers size, Defender, or CCO?

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    I'm gathering it is the Defender model. Probably posted prematurely, as the info isn't specific enough. Apologies.

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    I'm thinking the deal is a good one dollar wise one no matter which version it is. Could you enjoy occasional range time with it or would you find yourself always spending your range time with the Kimber?

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    One practical reason is that a Colt will usually go up in value while other guns decline in value. If it's in any kind of good shape, I'd buy it for the $500 and be happy.

    I just wanted to make sure what model it was before giving advice. A regular officers model in good to like new condition for $500 is a good deal.

    If it were a CCO and it was just being described as "compact" I'd be all over it.

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    A *Compact* M1991A1 is the same as an Officers ACP, with barrel bushing and recoil spring cap, it's not the *Defender* model, which has neither. I'd buy it for that price.
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    Buy it and then give it to me...you know you wanna!!
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    Sounds like a no-lose situation to me. If I had the opportunity, I'd probably buy it, assuming it's in good condition.
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    Everyone needs at least one Colt. You might get lucky and find it's the CCO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    Everyone needs at least one Colt. You might get lucky and find it's the CCO.
    It would have *Commander* on the slide instead of *Compact*, but Colt didn't offer the CCO configuration in the M1991A1 line.
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    Right, but we don't know what the gun is...

    ...I think it bears the 1991A1 distinction (a guy I work with hasn't brought the gun in, for obvious reasons, so I haven't actually seen it yet)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Right, but we don't know what the gun is...
    OK, we're assuming he's not certain it says *Compact* either?

    I have an opportunity to pick up a Colt 1911 Compact
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD View Post
    OK, we're assuming he's not certain it says *Compact* either?

    Well that's the whole thing, I've heard CCOs referred to as compact, I've heard defenders referred to as compact, I've even heard of Commanders being referred to as compact.

    How many listing have you seen for Series 70 Commanders instead of the proper listing for Pre-Series 80 Commanders?

    Some people don't know the terminology. Some do. But until the OP gets to actually lay eyes on the gun and tell us for sure what it is, I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't an Officers.

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    That could be, because, IF it is a traditional blue finish, it's not an M1991A1 and would not say *Compact* on the slide. So, it appears it could be about anything.
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    Well, whatever it is, a Colt Government Model in any configuration for $500.00 is a darn good buy in my book!


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