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Posted: 3/1/2006 9:07:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/1/2006 9:09:23 PM EDT by lobsterman]
anyone ever seen a early 1911 that has is in nickle?

stamped:

Colt...
3 dates, first is 1905, last is 1913. Finish is about 90%.
United States Army...
was owned by a 90 year old USAF Vet who can't provide details due to his mental state
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 4:50:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/2/2006 4:51:05 AM EDT by Blitzkreig]
Sounds like an ex-Army 1911 that got the VFW treatment. A lot of vets had their souvenirs Nickel plated. Low maintenance finish that sadly lowers its collectibility. I know there are some shops that specialize in deplating but, I have no idea of what associated costs would end up being.

HTH

Blitz
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 5:03:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Blitzkreig:
Sounds like an ex-Army 1911 that got the VFW treatment. A lot of vets had their souvenirs Nickel plated. Low maintenance finish that sadly lowers its collectibility. I know there are some shops that specialize in deplating but, I have no idea of what associated costs would end up being.

HTH

Blitz



best info on the nickle that i've got yet. An old USAF Vet had it fo 60 years
stamped US Army
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 6:10:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/2/2006 6:16:11 AM EDT by Hoppy]
I've seen a few bright nickel 1911 pistols. I understand that the US military did not issue any nickel models and most were ceremonial pieces.

I've seen a few Garands and 1903's with the same treatment.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 8:58:02 AM EDT
good purchase for under $1000???
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 9:41:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By lobsterman:
good purchase for under $1000???




Well under $1000.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 1:20:05 PM EDT
Impossible to say. If it is a non-mil nickle finish, it has lost much of its value. JAWAG--$400 if it works.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 1:41:43 PM EDT
I've seen a lot of 1911s with the nickel finish.
Another poster called that the "vfw treatment" - very fitting term.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 8:30:44 PM EDT
even with a three digit serial number?
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 9:13:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By lobsterman:
even with a three digit serial number?




This pistol may have great sentimental value, but real world figures would put it in the $350. to $500. range for most buyers. It was probably worth the most to the man that held on to it for 60 years.

All of my guns are worth more to me than I could sell them for.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 9:20:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/3/2006 9:37:04 AM EDT by lobsterman]

Originally Posted By Hoppy:

Originally Posted By lobsterman:
even with a three digit serial number?




This pistol may have great sentimental value, but real world figures would put it in the $350. to $500. range for most buyers. It was probably worth the most to the man that held on to it for 60 years.

All of my guns are worth more to me than I could sell them for.

+1

guess i didn't get the steal i thought i got . I figured that a three digit, Colt US Army 1911 had to be pretty rare. I guess i will still enjoy my new piece of history.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 5:03:21 AM EDT
nothing else...? 1911 noobie here
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 5:23:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By lobsterman:
nothing else...? 1911 noobie here




Have you tried posting at 1911forum.com? Link below:

forums.1911forum.com/forumdisplay.php?s=&daysprune=45&f=30

The link above will take you to the USGI section of the site.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 5:51:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/4/2006 5:51:45 AM EDT by lobsterman]
Thanks for the link hellhound




Originally Posted By Will-Rogers:
Impossible to say. If it is a non-mil nickle finish, it has lost much of its value. JAWAG--$400 if it works.




???- its not on the list
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 11:14:36 AM EDT
Just
A
Wild
Ass
Guess
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 11:53:11 AM EDT
Personaly, I wouldnt buy it, but if you wanted it, $500 would be ok to pay for it since it is a real USGI 45 auto, and it does work. Being pimped out takes away from the collectability, but it still is a pistol. The equivalent in very good original condition would probably cost about $1300 or so.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 11:18:05 PM EDT
Hate to say it, but my book on 1911’s puts 3 digit Colts being manufactured in 1912.

Which means your 1913 dated slide is a mis-match (though very possibly a result of an armory re-work).

Still, being a 3 digit might give it some collector’s value (though the nickel finish really, really hurts!). And USGI 1911’s in general have skyrocketed in price.

So while you most likely paid too much, maybe it isn’t all that bad.

Assuming the refinishing didn’t mess up the underlying metal too badly, it might actually be worth restoring.

You really should discuss this with the guys at 1911forum.com. Suggest you give them all the markings (both written and symbols) exactly as they appear. Also describe the grips, magazine and any visible wear or damage.

Wish you luck!!
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 5:30:22 AM EDT
thanks to all who have responded so far. I will post pics when i can and an update
thanks again.
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