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Old 06-20-2002, 06:40 PM
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Need help on Colt and Remington M1911s and M1911A1s

I might soon be in a situation where i can choose from a shipment of WW1 and WW2 era M1911s and M1911A1s for myself.

I know that the manufacturers are Remington and Colt, i do not know manufacturing years or such. They should be in good to very good condition.

In collector value, what specific serial number ranges should i be looking for.

Thanks!
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Old 06-20-2002, 07:46 PM
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General rule: the lower the serial number, the better. Aside from that, there are so many rare variations that it would be like saying "a large shipment of Lugers is on the way, which ones should I look for?"

The most desirable tend to be:

Colt M1911 US Navy marked.

Early Colt M1911 sub- #100,000 range (generally speaking).

Colt M1911A1 1937-1938 contract, 1924 transition 1911A1.

Colt M1911A1 blued pre-war, CSR or RS inspected.

Colt M1911A1 early parkerized, RS or WB inspected.

Early Remington Rand, Du-Lite blue with 1st generation slide logo.

Early Remington Rand with 2nd generation slide logo.



BTW, if you happen to see one marked "S. Mfg. Co" and an S800XXX serial number, save it for me and I'll be on the next flight over.
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Avoid the temptation to replace everything on your brand-new 1911 just to make it "better". Know what you're changing out and why. You may spend a lot of money fixing things that weren't broken to begin with. Shoot at least 500 rounds through it first, then decide what you don't like and want to improve. Regarding vintage 1911s, pre-1970 pistols are highly collectible in original, unaltered condition and should NEVER be refinished or modified as it completely ruins their monetary value.
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Old 06-20-2002, 07:52 PM
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Thanks for the help, i am not very familiar with the Government models and thought this might be the best place to ask. Been looking at several sites for serial number ranges and such.

Oh, just remember to bring a big roll of $$$ if you come over
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Old 06-20-2002, 08:29 PM
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Best sites to scour for USGI 1911 info:

http://usgi1911.tripod.com

http://www.coolgunsite.com

http://www.model1911a1.com
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