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Questions about the Model 1911A1

Article about: by Walkwolf I have fired it in the past using surplus ammo from the 1950's, but haven't shot it in quite a while. They are loud, powerful, accurate and reliable. ( Also very easy to strip fo

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    Hello all,

    Recently I have become more interested in WWII firearms and with my 21st birthday around the corner I am looking more into the model 1911A1 pistol. I realize these guns can be quite pricey, but eventually I would like to own a genuine example. Any tips on what to look for, or possible reference guides that you guys and gals have found to be helpful would be much appreciated.

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    Quite a few makers in the WWII period, as well as pre and post-war commercial
    models, which will have much better finishes. An untouched original finish
    WWII pistol will likely mean a slightly higher price, as will a rare maker
    ie: 'Singer'.

    Remington Rand .45's are the most common of the WWII military types,
    although Colt is always the most popular.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Any idea on a fair price for a decent, shootable, war-time model? I know thats probably what everyone is after, but if Im gonna save and spend the money thats what Ill want. Do you own one Steve?

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    You should be able to buy a nice one for between $500 and $1000.

    I have one, but it's a 1911 that was made in 1915 - the year my
    father was born - It has a normal .45 barrel, but the slide is
    marked in British .455 caliber. I added a WWI style mag
    with the lanyard loop, and repro grip plates.

    It has been refinished, and was modified for competition,
    which lowered collector interest, so I was able to buy it
    for under $300. I re-worked it myself back to 'standard'
    configuration. You can still see where the rear of
    the ejection port has been ground:
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    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Very cool Steve. Very iconic pistol and something I really want to add to my collection. Do you shoot yours?

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    I have fired it in the past using surplus ammo from the 1950's,
    but haven't shot it in quite a while. They are loud, powerful,
    accurate and reliable. ( Also very easy to strip for cleaning,
    thanks to the genius of John Moses Browning's design. )

    I'd suggest buying one with an intact original finish, unmarred
    grips and good rifling - basically, the nicest you can afford.
    You really cant go wrong.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Thank you Steve, I will continue looking into it!

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    If you are like me, you will fixate on the model you want until it is yours,
    and then love and admire it - but you can always own more than one !

    The 1911 is a handful - which is one of the reasons the 'A1' models
    were developed - so if your hands are rather small, you might
    also want to look at the 9mm Browning Hi-Power, a further
    refinement of J.M. Browning's design.........
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    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Oh man Steve, now youre tempting me! And yes, once I decide I want something I figure out how to get it, no matter how much over time I have to work!

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