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Old 01-31-2020, 08:56 PM
Breynolds Breynolds is offline
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New to the forum and have a question on value


I just joined this forum and have a question that I know is asked often and is highly subjective but here goes. I have the opportunity to purchase two 1911ís from an older gentleman that bought them in 1952. I havenít seen them yet, am going to see them next Saturday but here are the details as he describes them.

One is Colt SN# 37908
One is Remington Rand SN# 1115404

According the the owner when he bought them they still packed in the cosmoline, both have with them the leather holster they were shipped with. He says they havenít been fired or are in excellent condition. He says he has some paperwork but is still trying to locate that.

So my question is, if the above is true what is the value range of these guns? Iím trying to get a rough idea before I go look so I donít get swept up and over pay.

Thanks in advance for any help you provide!

Blake Reynolds - Atlanta, GA
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Old 02-01-2020, 05:52 AM
VIS35 VIS35 is offline
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Hi from North Dakota Members who can help you will be along.
Formerly "flinch" on the forum, but that's a story in itself
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Old 02-01-2020, 06:03 AM
Plantar5 Plantar5 is offline
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Welcome to a great forum from NJ. Like Vis35 said, there’s some very knowledgeable people who I’m sure will chime in soon enough.

Have some good pictures ready, together and field stripped (and others) which they’ll be asking for in order to best answer your question.
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Old 02-01-2020, 07:39 AM
Plywoodking Plywoodking is offline
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BReynolds you came to the right place for values however with the limited information it is going to be difficult to give you an accurate value or range. Some of the factors that we don't know are: do they have their original finish? is the barrel original? are the slide and frame original to each other? From what we do know the range could be from $1000 - $3500. See if you can get some pics for us.

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Old 02-01-2020, 09:09 AM
Breynolds Breynolds is offline
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I’ll try to take as many pictures as I can. Thanks for any advice or help you can provide!

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Old 02-01-2020, 09:48 AM
1saxman 1saxman is offline
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If it was two pistols bought in the NRA/DCM sales of the '50s/'60s, they most likely would be rebuilds/refinished with a max value of about $1000 each. That could go lower depending on condition/use/monkeying with on the civilian side. BUT, DCM pistols were not shipped with holsters and neither were new pistols from the factory to various arsenals/receiving/shipping locations. It could also go much higher if the guns are in excellent original condition. Looking forward to seeing what they are!
The Old Dominion
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Old 02-03-2020, 11:37 PM
corpsman5 corpsman5 is offline
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Unfortunately, like others have said. We just don't have enough info to give an educated answer to your question. Like 1saxman said, they were not shipped from the factory, nor the DCM with holsters. So, if one piece of information he gave you is incorrect, the rest of it has, at the very least, the potential to also be incorrect. He may not be trying to deceive you, but often times when people have had things that long, they tend to get foggy on the details. We look forward to seeing pics, and wish you the best of luck.
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Old 02-05-2020, 11:44 AM
Sergio Natali Sergio Natali is offline
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Without some close ups it's impossible to give you a correct answer, so please try taking some detailed photos without flash, in indirect natural lighting, as direct sunlight makes it difficult to discern true appearance of the finish.
Anything with a FLGR is fluff, if JMB didn't put it on the 1911 you don't need it.
If you are going to collect, don't be 'drawn' to an example that is not original, nor correct. Instant gratification is more expensive than a good education.
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