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Posted: 2/19/2006 3:48:54 PM EDT
I bought one of Colt's reproduction WW1 guns today, it's the most beautiful handgun I've ever owned. I'm toying with not shooting it, but damn I want too!
I know once it's shot collector value goes down, but if it's shot once it may as well be shot a thousand times, right?


The gun cost less than a Kimber Warrior, so even if I shoot it it can't depreciate that much can it?

HEP ME, HEP ME, HEP ME decide
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 3:59:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/19/2006 4:17:16 PM EDT by BerlinVet]
Personally...I won't own a firearm that can't be fired.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:08:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BerlinVet:
Personally,,,I won't own a firearm that can't be fired.



That's my line of thinking; my late father had guns he was afraid to breath on, much less fire, and I never got that.
I'm shootin' the sumbitch!
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 4:26:35 PM EDT
I will allow myself to own one gun that I won't shoot, keep it in a glass display, and admire... but only 1.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 6:10:35 PM EDT
its a reproduction shoot it
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 6:36:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BerlinVet:
Personally...I won't own a firearm that can't be fired.



+1, why buy a car if your don't drive it........
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 6:41:08 PM EDT
Shoot it. It deserves it.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:14:34 PM EDT
Shoot it! As soon as humanly possible.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 8:58:56 PM EDT
I hope you've pulled yourself together and shot it. Everytime someone puts a 1911 in a safe to gather dust, the ghost of John Moses Browning eats a kitten. I'm serious. Run it like ya' stole it.

BTW, we are now expecting a full range report to include pictures.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 10:27:09 PM EDT
I went through the same dilemma with an absolutely mint Browning Hi Power that is about twice my age.


Verdict?

Shoot it like you stole it.


- BG
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 11:06:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By eklikwhoa:
its a reproduction hinking.gif shoot it



I agree with that. If it was an actual WWI pistol, I would advise strongly against firing it. But since it's a reproduction, go ahead and take it to the range.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 4:13:26 PM EDT
shoot it
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 4:17:00 PM EDT
It is my personal belief that safe queens cry themselves to sleep every night, guns were meant to be shot, just like dogs were meant to run and birds meant to fly.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 6:42:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/20/2006 6:43:15 PM EDT by gmtmaster]
Same deal with the BrenTen I just bought... NIB.. Test fired at D&D only... Got it from the orig owner... Even SMELLS old....

Gettin some lite 10mm loads done for it... Then Ill shoot it a few times.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 8:13:07 PM EDT
Your gun has already been fired at the factory and it is only a repro.

Shoot the thing already!
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 3:54:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/22/2006 3:54:50 PM EDT by 1MissouriMule]
A collector type guy that I know aquired himself a pristine M1911 made in 1914.

He then bought himself a M1911 repop so he could shoot a real M1911 without beating his original around.

In his words the M1911 his repop is still new/recent production no matter what it's called!
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 4:20:11 PM EDT
Like a new car that you just drove off the lot, once you take that gun home it's now considered a used gun. Might as well shoot it.

Also, all guns are test fired at the factory. No sense in letting the factory have all the fun!!!
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 5:27:52 PM EDT
Shoot it!! JD
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 5:33:38 PM EDT
Just fired the first shots thru a late 70's Colt SAA two weeks ago, one day after buying it...

.45 Colt, 7.5" barrel, nickel... I did like that the previous owners never fired it, but now I just buy guns that are keepers, so I will never abuse w/hot loads, but I'm gonna shoot her

Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:53:52 AM EDT
It's a repro: it's intent is to give the shooter the opportunity to USE a USGI pistol as it would have felt (minus the fucking MIM parts) in new condition. Shoot it. What you gain in dollar value by rubbing it with a diaper all day you lose in enjoyment value. I just took my 44 Remington rand out to the range a few months back. It was worth it.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 2:15:03 PM EDT
Ok I shot it, a total of 73 rounds.
It points well, and is as accurate as any 1911 I've ever shot.

2 problems-on about round 25, the slide locked back with one round still left loose in the chamber.
On about round 60, I got a failure to feed, with the round stuck about half way up the feed ramp.

I read somewhere, maybe here, that it takes about 500 rounds to break in a 1911, is that true?

When the gun locked back with the round loose in the chamber, I had a new MecGar 8 round mag in it; when I got the ftf that was with a Colt factory mag.

What Wilson mag model nubmer to you guys in the know recommend?

Thanks all
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