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31st October 2006, 00:13
I'm looking for a 1911 or 1911A1 Colt in great condition and am willing to pay for that. I want to make sure I know what I'm buying and get an appropriate price. Can someone tell me what books I should read to learn something about buying/collecting these guns?
I'm sure I can find something on the internet I just thought someone could reccommend a good one.
31st October 2006, 05:11
The Clawson Collector book is best. Available at www.coolgunsite.com There's also a CD available at the same site with hundreds of pictures of pistols, parts, etc for the military and commercial series.
3rd November 2006, 10:55
Ditto on the Clawson book. I would have to recommend both of the "big" books. One on military issue pistols and the one on the civilian models. The big book on the Govt. models is on the expensive side, but in my opinion it is worth the money. The book on civilian models is much cheaper but it is on the rise as well. Knowledge is power. In this day and age where the crooks are lurking around every four figure price tag and above, you can never have to much power. Good luck in your search. Just curious, Are you looking for a U.S.G.I. pistol in as manufactured condition or an arsenal rework or does it matter? It could have a great impact on the price. Reworks in my area are running $900.00 to about $1,500, most on the lower end. As manufactured pistols are bringing $1,500 to $6000.00 depending on make and amount of original finish. $1,500 will buy you a 1911 or A1 with no or very little original finish but with correct parts. U.S. Navy marked pistols, Springfield Armory and Remington UMC will be found in the higher ranges. this is in the Colorado Springs, Denver, Pueblo area. I hope this helps you. There is a gunshow in Denver this weekend if you happen to be in this area. Oh yes, I almost forgot. If you find an early 1911 or A1 that is missing parts be advised. The parts are not all that easy to find and expensive when you do find them.
4th November 2006, 11:12
An mint condition M1911 or M1911A1 should be seen alot and used sparingly. If you want a shooter to blast away to your hearts content during weekends then consider one of the replicas by Colt or Sprinfield Armory. These can be found for 600.00 more or less. Gunshows are a great place to look for parts but I would beware of "any great deals" on a mint .45 ACP. A reputable gun shop (one you can go back to if anything is wrong) is a better option. Also look for estate auctions in your area. Knowing the past history of the pistol adds to the value.
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