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Old 06-11-2019, 09:56 PM
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can anyone help give info on this gun

Just received this gun, it was my wife's grandpa's. I'm just looking for help with the age or any other info you might be able to tell. He was in the military but not sure if this was the gun he had then or came across later in life.
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:05 PM
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The slide and most of the small parts are WW2-era Colt or USGI. The frame itself is a commercial unit made by Essex Arms of Island Pond, VT. Therefore it's not a complete USGI pistol but rather a mix of military & commercial parts.
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:07 PM
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Oops, I couldn't blow up the Essex logo.
Parts gun assembled long after the war.
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:32 PM
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Any guess on what it might be worth? Not sure if I should save it with the holster and belt, or if it's just a cheap parts gun get a new holster and still use it for shooting.
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:52 PM
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Unfortunately Essex frames are worth next to nothing, so it's mostly the sum of its other parts. I'd say roughly $350-$400.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:16 AM
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I’d get a new holster and shoot that bad boy. I have a Model 12 Winchester from my Grandfather that he bought new in the 20’s. It still gets carried every rabbit season. They are meant to be used and loved
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:15 AM
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I'm with Thumper68. "value" goes beyond dollars. It's a Family Heirloom & you are the one who has been trusted with it's care.

My Dad's entire estate was a typewriter & a bag of clothes. I wish there had been a .45 of any kind!

Keep & enjoy it!
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Old 06-14-2019, 11:37 AM
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Any guess on what it might be worth? Not sure if I should save it with the holster and belt, or if it's just a cheap parts gun get a new holster and still use it for shooting.
Because of where it came from, I would keep it and shoot it. I have stuff that are valuable only to me.
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Old 06-15-2019, 08:52 PM
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Yeah I wasnt planning on selling and was keeping it. I just wasn't sure if I should shoot it if it was old and worth alot, or just keep it as a collectable.
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Old 06-16-2019, 11:53 AM
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HINT: If you are going to store it in that Leather Holster - oil or RIG all surfaces, put it in a plastic bag - before holstering. Seen many nice old pistols rusted & pitted by contact with leather.
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Old 06-16-2019, 12:31 PM
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That old repaired holster could be worth some money also.
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Old 06-16-2019, 03:50 PM
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it was probably his project gun he assembled from spare parts found at a gun show back in the 1980's
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:25 AM
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Keep it for a shooter, as you have said you are going to do.

Somebody would probably be interested in the government issue holster, if you don't want to keep it. I display one with my father's old Colt Government 1911.
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Old 06-17-2019, 04:38 PM
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Be thankful you got that pistol. Use it but treat it as a fine lady. Keep it lubed up and take her out for a drive often. Don’t try and hop it up or get silly with it, it should serve you well in return.
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