NEED HELP!!! How much is this worth?

NEED HELP!!! How much is this worth?

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    NEED HELP!!! How much is this worth?

    Guys, the local store has this on consignment for $1000. How much would you give for it, and would it be a good investment? I'd never want to shoot it, but man is it amazing looking.

    The LGS said they did the research and it's the real deal, made in 1918.

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    I want a 1911 to replace my M&P as my carry piece, but this wouldn't be it. This would be an investment and a piece of history. I just really can't convince myself it's a good idea.
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    Here is a similar model for comparison:
    World War I Colt Model 1911 U.S. Army Semi-Automatic Pistol
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    The thumb safety - the slide stop - the mag release - the hammer & the trigger are not worn enough to match the condition of the frame and slide. Just FYI.

    Not saying as that is a huge problem but, they do kinda jump out at me a bit.

    Why wouldn't ya shoot it. I shoot my aged boomer. I just would shy away away from the +P or the +P+ ammo and just run ball through it.

    Just install a fresh recoil spring but, keep the old one (if it is an older one) so that you can reinstall it later.

    For around here $1000. would be a little steep for that exact gun in that exact condition.

    Send OD a PM and ask him to chime in on it.

    He has already forgot more about the historic 1911s than I'll ever hope to know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    The thumb safety - the slide stop - the mag release - the hammer & the trigger are not worn enough to match the condition of the frame and slide. Just FYI.Not saying as that is a huge problem but, they do kinda jump out at me a bit.Why wouldn't ya shoot it. I shoot my aged boomer. I just would shy away away from the +P or the +P+ ammo and just run ball through it. Just install a fresh recoil spring but, keep the old one (if it is an older one) so that you can reinstall it later.For around here $1000. would be a little steep for that exact gun in that exact condition.Send OD a PM and ask him to chime in on it. He has already forgot more about the historic 1911s than I'll ever hope to know.
    Add the grip safety to the non original parts too. Is there a matching serial number on the slide?
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    I have a Remington made in 1919 in similar condition but all original and all parts matching. I figure its worth $1500. I have another Remington I inherited from my dad that has been reblued twice. it looks nice but is worth only about $800. With the replacement parts Id say its worth between $800 and $1000. That would be here in CA. DR

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    Why are the controls fairy fresh bluing and the frame/slide worn to the bone?
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    I agree about the newer parts. Perhaps you can make a an offer of, say $800 and see if the owner will accept it, in light of the revelation about the non-original parts.

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    I've got a buddy with a 1919. All original as far as we know. He nearly stole it from the guy at around $400. Jerked his arm off too. He said he cannot get that gun to fail while shooting it. Eats everything he puts through it.

    But I would use the control issue to try to get the price down. Might be hard to figure out if it was done recently or someone cannibalized one gun to fix another one years and years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLArmadillo View Post
    Why are the controls fairy fresh bluing and the frame/slide worn to the bone?
    It is not unusual for the small parts to take and keep the finish better than the slide and frame, however the photos here, although not very high res, just don't look right. One would need to see it first hand or put it on a flatbed scanner and get a 1200 dpi scan to analyze. My "gut" says $600 - $700 worth.
    Still a very nice specimen and anyone should be proud to have it as a Classic.
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    Well, at this point I'm thinking I'll probably pass on it and stick with thinking about the Springfield Loaded they have used for $700. Thanks for the input guys.
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    It certainly looks like an original...the same one I first learned to shoot as a kid in the 50's. I believe that it is worth what you would be willing to pay for it. To me, a thousand bucks for a childhood memory would not be all that expensive. I do like to use my firearms after I buy them so I would only need to know it was safe to use.

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