Should I get it? (1911)

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    Should I get it? (1911)

    I have the opportunity to buy a much-modified Colt Delta Elite. This was originally a 10mm, but now has a Para-Ord .40 barrel. He told me he's tightened the slide to frame, fit the new barrel, and says that the slide stop and safety among other parts are Wilson. The gun comes with 10 or so magazines. 2 are .40, the rest 10mm, but 40's work in the 10mm mags. At one time it had a scope and compensated barrel, the holes in the slide are filled with epoxy and have textured rubber tape over them. The guy I'm buying it from has been shooting for decades, and does some gunsmithing. While I don't have any reason to doubt either his honesty or his ability, I don't know how to judge it, either. I could also get it with a 10mm barrel, and I might be able to get it with both. .40 is a good thing in some ways, since that's what I usually shoot.

    I shot a few magazines through it, and it shoots beautifully--I was grouping better than I expected, however I normally shoot a 3" XD, so almost any full-sized gun feels easy.

    I've been thinking of getting some sort of inexpensive 1911 at some point, although I was planning on .45. Any idea of an approximate value, and what should I look for to help judge?

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    personaly i wouldnt get it , but if you do , discount it deeply . frankly custom pistols are only custom for the smith and the guy who did them , for you it isnt custom its screwed up ( that is anything off factory specs )
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    All depends on the price. For something that was that far from 'normal' I would expect a deep discount.
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    Normally I would say BEWARE AKA Red Flag any home "heavily smithed" firearm.

    But, since you had the chance to shoot it and know that it functions then you might want to think about possibly picking it up.

    The realistic dollar value of a smithed/altered Colt is not super high unless the work can be authenticated as having been done by a known 1911 smith.

    That's just a reality that the resale value will be pretty low.
    If you want it as a shooter and the price is super right than go for it especially if the frame and magazines are in nice condition.

    You can always have a new slide fit to it if the filled in scope holes bother you.

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    Do You Buy Used Cars...

    With epoxy and rubber tape over the holes? I'm sure it might be an OK weapon...for me?...I'd keep looking.

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    I'm with redneck repairs on this....

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    Even with the Colt name on it, you're looking at a $300 beater IMO.
    Driver carries less than $45 worth of remorse.

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    This weapon "used to be" a great weapon. 10mm to .40 >>ugh! Holes drilled and generally "glommed". As stated maybe a $3C weapon.(probably $2C as parts gun maybe ??)

    To me.......worthless.

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    I'd just buy a new Taurus for $600 or less, or if you don't want to spend much $ and like GI .1911s, a Rock Island Armory.

    The RIA is hard to beat for the money. I've seen some for $319 on Gun Broker. I have one, and it eats whatever I put in it.
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    If you want a Delta Elite, go get one that hasn't been butchered.

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    Allthough I would be dumb enough to buy it and try to restore it (at a greater cost than a new Colt!), I would say no; for $250, maybe...
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    Depends on how low the price is.

    What you you pay for a good Colt Frame and 10 magazines?

    If the frame is "un screwed with" and all of the Internal frame parts were good and all of the WILSON add on parts are good then the pistol has some value.

    Shopping around can get him a brand new slide for less than 200.00

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    Personally, I'd buy it because I'm actually in the market for a cheap(er) 10mm auto (depending on price of course).
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