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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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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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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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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?

Don't buy the story, buy the pistol.
 

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Without providence, it wouldn't be worth $1900 to me, for all you know, "Bubba" refinished it at home. :wink:
 

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That is too high of an asking price.

I would offer $800.00 or $850.00 for that Cash On The Barrel Head. Take it or leave it.
Because it is easily worth that amount as a functioning COLT 1911 firearm provided that the frame and slide have not been screwed around with AKA Home Gun-smithed. .
 

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Havent confirmed or seen refurb markings yet. If there are, with the shape it looks to be in, assuming everything was left "as-is" from the time of refurbishment, and its completely functional, would it be worth anything close to $1900?
 

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Unless you really know what you are looking at, I'd pass, there is a huge market for counterfeit USGI firearms.
 
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