What would you value this 1911 at???

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    What would you value this 1911 at???

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    The story is that it was manufactured in 1918, which matches with the serial number, and was refurbished between WWI and WWII. With the condition it looks to be in, what would you value this 1911 at? There is no documented history with the weapon other than the obvious historical significance of enduring several major conflicts. Looks like the grips were replaced with refurbishment. Can anyone tell if these type of grips were used between 1918 and 1941? Any help is appreciated!

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    If a Colt: 2013 Colt Pricing & Reference @ GunDiegest Store, $2.99ea.

    Otherwise, you can pick up an older edition of The Blue Book of Gun Values on Amazon.com for ~$6 or so (used).
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    Also is this what they call a Black Army finish?

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    It's worth about $10, I'll buy it from you for $50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 031131 View Post
    It's worth about $10, I'll buy it from you for $50.
    I could possibly be convinced to go to $51, BUT you would have to pay the shipping.
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    I would be hesitant to say the pistol was an arsenal refurbish (without arsenal markings, it would be hard to prove), they would have used a lanyard looped mainspring housing (or has the loop been removed?), and if they went to that trouble, they would have probably installed the M1911A1 short trigger. Plastic stocks didn't see wide spread use until April of '41 and that was on factory pistols, the major arsenal reworks/refurbish didn't begin until the 1950s. What does the back of the stocks look like? Documented arsenal refinished 1911's have been selling around $750 - $1,200+. If you are really serious about finding out what you have and it's possible value, I would contact Scott Gahimer at M1911info.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by green1xc View Post
    Also is this what they call a Black Army finish?
    No, the "Black Army" finish was on factory shipped pistols, it was due to several final polishing steps being dropped to speed production.
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    ...I'd expect to pay about 800 today...my first one had most of the finish worn off, I gave $29 in 1968...and spent fifty cents putting a new mag release in it...I still cry when I remember that gun...

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    Well, I'm thinking about buying it myself, but there's just a little more than $51 on the price tag. haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by green1xc View Post
    Well, I'm thinking about buying it myself, but there's just a little more than $51 on the price tag. haha
    What's the asking price?

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    ...you gonna make us guess???
    Quote Originally Posted by green1xc View Post
    Well, I'm thinking about buying it myself, but there's just a little more than $51 on the price tag. haha

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    Havent seen the pistol yet in person. Deciding if i wanna go check it out or not. He wants $1900 obo

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    Without providence, it wouldn't be worth $1900 to me, for all you know, "Bubba" refinished it at home.
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    ...oh, c'mon, now...ain't no "Bubba" living in MICHIGAN!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snub44 View Post
    ...oh, c'mon, now...ain't no "Bubba" living in MICHIGAN!!!
    Riiiiiight!!
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