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10th November 2005, 15:26
"This is my weapon, this is my gun. My weapon is for shooting, my gun is for fun."
Just had this mixbreed 1911 resurfaced and coated. Looks like new!
10th November 2005, 15:37
Very nice! Hope she doesn't mind if you get more friends. How it shoot?
10th November 2005, 16:24
Are my eyes deceiving me? Is that an original M1911 (not M1911A1?)
Very nice. I hope you take good care of the l'il darlin'
10th November 2005, 17:30
Nice........do you have any more pics of it?
10th November 2005, 18:32
M1911 Gov. Model Frame and Slide (C118XXX serial), 1945 Barrel, Magazine and Mainspring Housing. The grips are homemade ;)
I'll post somore pics tomorrow when the sun is out.
11th November 2005, 14:44
As per request included are three (3) more pictures of Mariah:
This is as close as camera optics permit. For comparison, here is a picture of how I first found her:
Now if she gives me good groupings, I'll be happy forever after ;)
13th November 2005, 18:01
mayagrafix, JoniLynn, Hawkmoon...
It is a 1911! What a beauty... with both sets of grips. If I ever come by a comfortable sum of cash flow... or a partner... who will have to accept my love of both firearms AND 1911/1911A1s... my first goal is to find an original older 1911/1911A1.
I am torn between "collectability" and "function"... I want a firearm that functions and is usable. And yet, I understand the collectability of some of the older pieces that are in somewhat delicate but, original condition. My dad's got my stepgrandfather's old Smith .38 Special revolver... in its case, the finish is very good, it was a law-enforcement officer's duty arm, some wear but not much, and I'm sure the functionality is excellent. With a careful cleaning and sound choice of ammunition, I think the thing ought to be fired and cleaned regularly. Same if I ever had the great good fortune to come across an original 1911/1911A1... but, the visual and tactile beauty of a 1911... is so great... the thing itself... that I understand those who have pieces that need to not be fired, nor refinished, just in and of themselves.
Like those ivory/pearl grips on that one, though. My ss Springer has faux pearl. I'll save the grip functionality--the smooths work for me!--on checkering, for my Park one and the GI45, if I can get it.
Y'all take care and be safe.
13th November 2005, 22:32
Most will agree that a cherry M1911 with historical value should be seen and not heard because of the collector value. You never know when or where you will find one (garage sale for instance). Mine is an armory rebuild that had M1911 parts, M1911-1A parts and had been refinnished at least once in her 85 year history. So she's a shooter now!
14th November 2005, 01:11
God bless you for giving that gun the role she deserves!
I am not fond of safe queens.
16th November 2005, 10:36
John, thank you for the good vibes. I will endeavour hardily to give Black Mariah the use she was made for: creating big holes were I want them.
13th December 2005, 19:07
mayagrafix, did you make the grips? Nice looking pistol. :)
15th December 2005, 20:09
Thanks for the compliment exitwounds. The gunsmith who recoated her did the grips for me also. He (the gunnie) was armorer for the messican navy for 30 years so hes got a nice feel for M1911's. They are nice to the feel and hand made, I think it gives the pistola character. In any case, I just came back from the states and got some vintage grips. Ill post some pix tomorrow.
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