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Old 05-23-2020, 08:10 AM
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Colt 1911 used at Iwo Jima up for auction...

Saw this on Yahoo today;
https://www.yahoo.com/news/historic-...094658390.html
How much do we think it'll sell for?
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Old 05-23-2020, 09:07 AM
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A lot.
I have a holster and magazine pouch with magazines that went to Iwo.
The gun was stolen some years ago. It had been worn by that vet's Father in WWI, too.
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Old 05-23-2020, 09:33 AM
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Comments there are kinda sad.
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Old 05-23-2020, 09:42 AM
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Comments there are kinda sad.
You get loony comments with every news story that comes out.
I don't read them!
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Old 05-23-2020, 10:34 AM
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Iwo Jima M1911 in the news-up for auction

I am probably not going to bid on it...but would like to...

https://www.rockislandauction.com/au...un-auction-79/

https://www.military.com/daily-news/...o-auction.html

https://www.courant.com/news/connect...446-story.html

https://www.gunsamerica.com/digest/p...h-anniversary/

https://chs.org/2013/11/an-over-sixt...-veterans-day/

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Old 05-23-2020, 11:32 AM
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Wouldn't that pistol & belt, holster be awesome to own?
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Old 05-23-2020, 11:43 AM
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Just shows how a lot of M1911s spent their entire military careers being carried around in holsters. To think that one went through two world wars yet is in better condition than most 103 year-old pistols you'll come across these days. The truth is, when you see an old M1911 with most of its finish gone and start dreaming about how many battles it fought, remember that there's a pretty good chance that most of that wear came from sliding around the floor in Bubba's pickup truck for over 70 years.
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Old 05-23-2020, 05:09 PM
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My older brother has a 1911 that was carried on Iwo Jima. He has some paperwork with it, and there is some areas on it that are blood etched - gruesome, yes. He says he will pass it along to my son as he has just one daughter and a boatload of guns,including a 7th cavalry issued Colt SAA.
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Old 05-24-2020, 08:27 AM
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Its incredible to see a 1918 M1911 in that condition - the bluing of the time is awesome. This is indeed going to be one of the most prized auction lots of all time in the gun world.
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Old 05-24-2020, 12:10 PM
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Certainly the Iwo Jima pistol is a great treasure.

But some of the other artifacts going to be auctioned off are about priceless as well. I could go in there and burn through a half a million dollars with no trouble at all. Thompson SMGs, Colt SAAs, Super deluxe engraved Winchesters, A Borschardt pistol, even Al Capone's Colt 1908 Hammerless. Mind boggling some of the stuff they have listed. I need a Parrott rifle for the front lawn.
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Old 05-24-2020, 04:29 PM
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Here's the video on it from Rock Island Auctions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90NahpM66n8
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