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Old 03-25-2004, 11:30 PM
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Giles Colt 45 Owners




Are there any Colt Giles 45 ACP owners out there on this forum? John Giles out of Odessa Fla was a superb gunsmith who could turn a Colt 1911 into a real tack driver. I own one of his guns and every I shoot it at the range someone asks me if I want to sell it. I always laugh and say no. It is my understanding that John is still alive and retired.
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:44 PM
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66-67 45 38 and 22

my father just acquired three. 45, 38, and 22. all three were bought/modified at same time arround 1966-67 by original owner. 45 and 38 were in colt gold-cup boxes. with test target. they appear unfired or very little.






was looking over this gun and found it double rare giles and rare colt "38 special kit" less than 450 of the kits were made between 64-70
.38 Special Kit (.38 Special Caliber)
Year....Serial Number
1964....100
1965....00404
1966....Few
1967....Few
1970....00434



see larger at: http://iphartedbay.blogspot.com/2008...g-post_04.html

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Old 10-10-2007, 12:29 PM
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A Giles is high on my list of old custom 1911s that I would like to get for the collection.

I just bought my 3rd Clark Custom, and I have a Hoag and a Behlaert.

I also like a lot of the hard ball guns that I see from time to time which came out of the AMU, Gil Heberd (sp?), etc.
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Old 10-10-2007, 11:48 PM
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I admired Giles guns back in the '60s or so but I didn't have the $$ to buy one. I did have Bob Day accurize and customize my DCM 1911 a few years later (great gun). I also bought a .22 conversion directly from Day.
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Old 10-29-2007, 04:33 PM
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I have examined a few and they are quite special from a mechancal perspective. I would love to own one in "Hardball" configuration, most all I have ever seen were "softball" style.
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:13 AM
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i just bought my 1911 and it has giles sights on it. im going to talk to him and see if it had work done at giles shop. he told me the work he had done to it but he didnt say the guy who did it. heres a pic of it

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Old 07-31-2008, 11:14 AM
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I have only admired at a distance the Giles .45 owned by a club member here.
When he shifted from bullseye to IPSC, he sent it back to Mr Giles and had the rib replaced with low profile sights, still the Giles pattern of adjustable rear with the characteristic large screw. Might have been one of the last jobs out of the Giles shop.
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:42 AM
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giles custom

glad to hear he is retired. hope he is enjoying his life.his work was about the best. got his guns in the 60's. still fine and shoot true.
last time i saw him in the early 80's he still had his shop but was more interested in growing grapefruit.
thought very highly of him and his work.
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:54 PM
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Hi any one know what a giles.combat would look like.have a giles that has no rib 16# r.s giles adj rear partage front sight thank you
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:28 PM
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sounds like a Giles hardball gun.

As a proud Giles owner, I would love to see pics.
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Old 12-01-2008, 09:27 AM
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Will try to post some soon.many thanks.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:45 AM
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OK.i will try
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:48 AM
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Old 12-06-2008, 01:10 AM
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giles 1911

I picked up a giles goverment dob 1972 in may of this year. Didnt know what I had until I came across this forum . I wonder if any one has a little more history on this shop /smith and what modifications he made to these guns . I am shooting 230gr reloads that are factory spec performance wise .I find the gun to be very acurate (better than I am) but being new to 1911 style guns I am wondering just what I have .

the dealer I bought it from got it from the original owners son who wasn't interested in it and said it it had been sent stateside (I'm from Canada) for smith work and that was all he knew.

I will try for some pics tomorrow if that will help.
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Old 12-06-2008, 02:48 PM
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Would love to see your giles PIC PLEASE
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Old 12-06-2008, 03:25 PM
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Looks like a Giles hardball gun that someone has added a CMC safety to
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Old 12-18-2008, 02:45 PM
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Giles

I had a Giles heavy slide 45 for compition, and like a dummy I sold it.
I don't shoot any more, but I wish I still had it. I won more matches with it then any gun I ever owned.
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Old 12-19-2008, 06:48 AM
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Found one...

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Are there any Colt Giles 45 ACP owners out there on this forum? John Giles out of Odessa Fla was a superb gunsmith who could turn a Colt 1911 into a real tack driver. I own one of his guns and every I shoot it at the range someone asks me if I want to sell it. I always laugh and say no. It is my understanding that John is still alive and retired.

Just came across and old Giles slab side. Sadly the thing has been abused (mostly due to neglect). Surface corrosion on the slide and idiot scratches.

Here's the eternal question--do I leave it "as is" or halt the process and get a VERY competent shop to gently clean it up and refinish it. Walnut grips are gone too...

Photos to follow.




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Old 12-19-2008, 06:34 PM
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Giles pistol values

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A Giles is high on my list of old custom 1911s that I would like to get for the collection.

I just bought my 3rd Clark Custom, and I have a Hoag and a Behlaert.

I also like a lot of the hard ball guns that I see from time to time which came out of the AMU, Gil Heberd (sp?), etc.
Got a few photos of mine posted. I know at this age/condition it's "eye of the beholder" but do you a sense of what the market is for these (top/bottom)?

Appreciate it!

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Old 01-10-2009, 03:15 PM
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Giles Hard Ball

At one time in the 70's I owned 4 giles guns. A Hi Standard .22, a .38 special wadcutter, a 1911 Heavy Slide and a 1911 Hard Ball. All of them were stolen, including the gun box at the Miami Boat Show. After a couple of years I decided all I really wanted was to earn a Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge. I bought a new 1911 Hardball from John, and shot it in both the CF and 45 stages. It took me about five years to get the points and the bagde. John was the nicest guy you could meet. Quiet with a great sense of humor. He designed and built a pistol machine rest. I still have the 1911 HB, and shot it a while with factory 185g match ammo. I changed the recoil spring, main spring and leaf spring. I think about selling it every once and a while, and then remember how long it took me to win the badge.
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:25 PM
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BLUE BOOKS EDITOR NEEDS GILES DATA from reputable sources

Hi, Guys, I'm Sal Raimondi. I'm a Contributing Editor of the Blue Book of Gun Values, Collect antique S&W's, and GILES "target" or Colt 1911 (all calibers) or Giles .22 High Standard & .22 Ruger. I seek data & factual info, pix of Giles models, to include GILES in the 2009 book. I'm running a deadline and I have Giles son helping out but he does not have much data on Giles OLDER stuff ... like 1950's and early 1960's.

ALSO seeking GILES parts.
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Old 02-04-2009, 03:46 PM
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Giles INFORMATION

Hello I am trying to get in touch with Sal Raimondi That has posted on this Topic I currently have 6 Giles Guns And would like to share Pictures and info. One of My Giles was built on a 45ACP KIT and I also Have A Shockey built 45ACP Kit gun I also Have a pair of 1961 GUNS in Colt boxes with all paperwork as well as Paperwork from Giles along with his test targets plus shipping label for each with postage. One Ball Gun with just front and rear Giles wagon wheel sights and one Ribbed Wad GUN I would like to share some information on the Slide STUD . I have strong reason to believe that these were NOT welded but rather press fitted. I will try to contact you by Phone I don't know IfI will be able to post pictures on this site BTW I attended Camp Perry from 1972-2005 [email protected]
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:45 PM
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I sold both my 22 and 45 Giles after retiring from bulleye shooting in the late 80's. I wished I would have kept the Giles.

I did keep my hardball gun built by Smokey Clarke and Jack Maples when they were with the USAMU. I shot it yesterday and it is still a tack driver! I'm trying to save my lots of RA match ball so I tried MagTech 45A ammo, it loves it, go figure.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:43 PM
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I walked into the local gun shop to find 2 Giles customs sitting there. One 45 acp and one 38 super. The 45 acp was built on a pre 70 series (1969) Colt. It was 800 bucks and I now have it on layaway. Slide glides like on ball bearings and the trigger so good I can't describe it. Don't have a pic yet, but it looks like this one here.

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Old 12-19-2009, 02:42 AM
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Just came across and old Giles slab side. Sadly the thing has been abused (mostly due to neglect). Surface corrosion on the slide and idiot scratches.

Here's the eternal question--do I leave it "as is" or halt the process and get a VERY competent shop to gently clean it up and refinish it. Walnut grips are gone too...

Photos to follow.



I would restore it. The fact that it is "modified" already makes the value of it as a Colt a moot point. I just picked one up myself for 800. I will stay true to the Giles tradition, but I won't hesitate to re-blue it or replace broken parts as long as they look like they belong there.
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