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Posted: 8/4/2003 4:00:24 AM EDT
I mentioned on a thread on General Discussion that I found a bargain at the Houston Gun Show this weekend. It is a Springfield 1911-A1. I paid $350, out the door, fom an individual. Here's a pic:



The seller said he had only shot it a few times. I actually believe that the main reason he sold it was that he didn't know how to clean it.

It had a two piece, full length guide rod that you have to unscrew from the front and remove the front half to disassemble the pistol. I don't believe that he knew how to do it.

When I got the pistol home the first thing I did was to disassemble it and give it a good cleaning. It was full of grease and crud and had obviously never been cleaned.

I sprayed it down with WD-40 and used a toothbrush to clean all the gunk out. I then blew it out with compressed air. I polished the feedramp, oiled the links, and put Tetra Gun Grease on the slide rails. It was like NIB.

I then took it to the range and put around 50 rounds of Wolf 230 grain ball through it and then around 50 rounds of handloads, 210 grain semi-wadcutters.

The wadcutters went into one ragged hole. No malfunctions of any kind. It ran like a sewing machine.

Very happy with the Springfield. I'm glad the guy didn't know how to clean it.

Link Posted: 8/4/2003 4:49:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
I mentioned on a thread on General Discussion that I found a bargain at the Houston Gun Show this weekend. It is a Springfield 1911-A1. I paid $350, out the door, fom an individual.
Very happy with the Springfield. I'm glad the guy didn't know how to clean it.




Understatement of the century!
Congratulations! Good Grief!
Link Posted: 8/4/2003 4:57:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bearlaker:

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
I mentioned on a thread on General Discussion that I found a bargain at the Houston Gun Show this weekend. It is a Springfield 1911-A1. I paid $350, out the door, fom an individual.
Very happy with the Springfield. I'm glad the guy didn't know how to clean it.




Understatement of the century!
Congratulations! Good Grief!



Thanks!

I was smiling so big I had dimples in the cheeks of my butt.
Link Posted: 8/4/2003 5:11:09 AM EDT
I'll bet. I'll give ya $375 for it...j/k
Link Posted: 8/4/2003 5:41:03 AM EDT
Great looking gun, OP!

I love dirty guns! I have gotten some of my best deals because people never bothered to clean their guns.

Most recently was a Remington 1100 LT-20 shotgun. I paid $240 it, and when I got it home I cleaned out about half a pound of dirt, grass, and leaves. After oiling it up it has been 100% reliable, and a great skeet gun. I'm certain the guy sold it because it was choking on all that dirt.
Link Posted: 8/4/2003 5:57:46 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ken_mays:
Great looking gun, OP!

I love dirty guns! I have gotten some of my best deals because people never bothered to clean their guns.

Most recently was a Remington 1100 LT-20 shotgun. I paid $240 it, and when I got it home I cleaned out about half a pound of dirt, grass, and leaves. After oiling it up it has been 100% reliable, and a great skeet gun. I'm certain the guy sold it because it was choking on all that dirt.



Yep, me too. I've bought guns at a discount because the owner said, "The bore's not too good. So I'll take less."

After cleaning it out, the bore was perfect.

You just about can't "shoot out" a bore with modern ammo.
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