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Old 12-07-2010, 09:28 AM
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"Pre War" National Match




Picked this up last week and thought I would post some pics. All original 1937 with “NSD” - Swartz safety..





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Old 12-07-2010, 09:33 AM
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Beautiful ! I 'll bet they didn't give that one away for a song.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:47 AM
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Damn Fine weapon.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:48 AM
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Wow. Speechless.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:07 AM
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Beautiful ! I 'll bet they didn't give that one away for a song.
I found it in a local gun store, on consignment of all things.
I can't sing...so they wanted cash....lots of cash.

But I felt it was worth every penny.
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:38 AM
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WOW. That thing is mint. Congratulations.
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:57 AM
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I found it in a local gun store, on consignment of all things.
I can't sing...so they wanted cash....lots of cash.
But I felt it was worth every penny.
I'm sure it is. It was a great find !
Are you a collector or a shooter ?
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Old 12-07-2010, 12:20 PM
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Congratulations, you found one of the Holy Grails of 1911s. Knowing what you likely paid for it I'm sure that one will never chamber a single round of ammo. Did it also have the box?
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:22 PM
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I'm sure it is. It was a great find !
Are you a collector or a shooter ?
I don't know enough about these guns to consider myself a true collector. I consider my acquisition of this gun as just pure luck but I can't imagine shooting this particular one and risking its' value. I guess I might have to become a collector.
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:34 PM
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Congratulations, you found one of the Holy Grails of 1911s. Knowing what you likely paid for it I'm sure that one will never chamber a single round of ammo. Did it also have the box?
I'm almost afraid to handle it anymore....someone did a great job of treasuring this piece for 73 years...I think I will keep that streak going.

Unfortunately, it was without the box. I said I was lucky....not haunted
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:42 PM
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I want it.
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:56 PM
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I want it.
That's exactly what my wife said when she saw it. There is just something special about that Colt "furnace blue" finish that even she thinks this gun is beautiful.
I told you I was lucky!
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:21 PM
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I want it.
Me too! That thing is AWESOME! Congrats!
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:31 PM
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Very nice!!!
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:44 PM
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Great find. If it were me I would have to shoot it a little just out of curiosity, but not much.
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:53 PM
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Great Find, you are Very Lucky to find one in Mint Condition. Don't forget to keep as a Safe Queen........

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Old 12-07-2010, 04:19 PM
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Whew! What a beautiful gun. I'm speechless (luckily I can still type).
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:21 PM
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I remember when - in the 1980s - Jeff Cooper recommended the National Match as the best combination of reliability and accuracy available.
Now they are too pretty to shoot.
Sigh.
Is there anybody capable of the finish?
I figure a good gunsmith can make the gun shoot, but I have not seen many if any that just looked as RIGHT.
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:32 PM
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THAT............IS...........AWESOME!

Thanks for sharing some great photos.
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:09 PM
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That is scary good.........too good to touch even
Pack it in grease and put it away
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:01 PM
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Those models are the finest looking Colt 1911s to ever leave New haven.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:08 PM
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Nice Colt !
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:08 PM
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Very nice find T.May and welcome to the club!

Here's my 1942 Pre-War National Match although it's not nearly as pristine as yours.

One thing you might want to consider is to get an archive letter from Colt to enhance its provenance. I did that with mine.





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Old 12-08-2010, 01:43 AM
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Very nice find

I wont dare lie about it, Im jealous

Grats
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:51 AM
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Very nice find T.May and welcome to the club!

Here's my 1942 Pre-War National Match although it's not nearly as pristine as yours.

One thing you might want to consider is to get an archive letter from Colt to enhance its provenance. I did that with mine.

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I can't find anything wrong with yours from those pictures....VERY nice example! How did you come across yours? Did it come with the box? Have you ever shoot it? I hope not.

I have called the Colt Archive division to order the letter for this gun but they are out till the 14th of this month..... will have to wait. I ordered a letter for another gun I bought earlier this year and really appreciate having it to go along with the gun. The letter for this NM will actually give me info I don't have about the gun, like where it was originally shipped. I would like to have that information.
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