Buying a used Colt 1911

Buying a used Colt 1911

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    Buying a used Colt 1911

    Hello everyone,

    I'm pretty new still to firearms in general. I've been looking around for a nice 1911 for some time now, and originally, I wanted to buy an american gun, however american 1911's run like $800 minimume. I then found a Springfield Milspec model that I liked for $625, and someone else told me about Rock Island which run for $520.

    Well, it so happens that today, someone offered me a Colt series 80 for $650 used. I've never bought a used gun before, but the guy took it apart and it had very little wear and tear on it. The gun is blued, and it has no metal showing in the magazine area or anywhere else, except underneath the slide, and even then it's not much. The barrel looked like it needed to be cleaned out inside, but other then that, the gun looked pretty good. I believe this gun was made in the 80's and it has the low prifile sights on it.

    Do you guys think this is a good deal? Or should I just get a brand new Springfield for $25 less with the larger sights which I like more? Whichever gun I get, I don't want to tamper with it, I want to be able to shoot it right out of the box.

    Thanks in advance guys.


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    I bought a Colt 1991 A1 (series 80) for $450 4 years abo. They don't hold their value like a Series 70. but the price doesn't sound horrible.
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    i would get the mil spec.

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    I don't think they'll let me shoot it, it's a consignment at the local Gun Shop, but the owner told me it works great, the guy just lost his job and really needs the cash or he wouldn't be selling it.

    The one thing I am worried aobut this gun is it was made in the '80s. Do firearms stay true after so long? I mean, I wouldn't buy a car from the '80s, what makes a gun any different? Sorry if that sounds stupid, I'm still new to firearms in general and my first and only gun I bought new.

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    I'd buy a gun from the 80's before I bought a vehicle from the 80's.

    We have guns over 30 years old that function just fine and are every bit as accurate as they were the day they rolled out of the store.

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    I'd get the Colt for that price.
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    I recently bought a ANIB Colt 1991A1 Series 80 .38 Super from a shop in NJ for $499. If your comfortable with the what your looking at with the Colt, buy it. Of course, see if he'll go down on the price first.

    If you're not comfortable buying a used gun right now, buy the SA Mil-Spec.

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    You'd probably do fine either way. I would ask the shop if they offer a guarantee on the function of the Colt since you can't shoot it.
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    You could always buy a NEW Glock for about $500. They have a Factory in Smyrna Georgia USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moress View Post
    I don't think they'll let me shoot it, it's a consignment at the local Gun Shop, but the owner told me it works great, the guy just lost his job and really needs the cash or he wouldn't be selling it.

    The one thing I am worried aobut this gun is it was made in the '80s. Do firearms stay true after so long? I mean, I wouldn't buy a car from the '80s, what makes a gun any different? Sorry if that sounds stupid, I'm still new to firearms in general and my first and only gun I bought new.
    I had an H&K P7 from 1980. Six years older than me. Shot without a hiccup, and I expect it will shoot for its new owner for the rest of his life, too.
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    I'd "second" forum member OD and I sure would buy the Series 80 Colt at that price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErnieNWillis View Post
    You could always buy a NEW Glock for about $500. They have a Factory in Smyrna Georgia USA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moress View Post
    The one thing I am worried aobut this gun is it was made in the '80s. Do firearms stay true after so long? I mean, I wouldn't buy a car from the '80s, what makes a gun any different? Sorry if that sounds stupid, I'm still new to firearms in general and my first and only gun I bought new.
    I have a Mauser C-96 that was built in the 1930s that still shoots just fine, so yes one from the 1980s would still be ok.

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