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Slickback
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That is badass dude. I'm truly jealous.

KR has one his grandad carried in the Pacific.


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PapaPogey
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got any pics?


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tigeryat
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re: Colt 1911 .45 auto
I wonder how he got to keep his service pistol? Any story?

You should not take it apart. You can filed strip it but it probably needs more than that. Let a gunsmith clean it for you. You may be able to fire it once it's been serviced.

Keep it oiled well, don't store it in anything that will wick away the oil such as a soft case or leather holster.


Slickback
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re: Colt 1911 .45 auto
You got to keep them after WWII. Hell, you could bring Nazi and Jap guns home with you too.


NYCAuburn
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I don't think they were allowed to keep service weapons. Some were allowed to purchase for a lot. Most were "stolen" or "lost", you were allowed to keep war prize weapons.


Slickback
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re: Colt 1911 .45 auto
I may be wrong, but I thought officers could buy their service weapon.




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bapple
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re: Colt 1911 .45 auto
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You should not take it apart. You can filed strip it but it probably needs more than that. Let a gunsmith clean it for you. You may be able to fire it once it's been serviced.


I think by "take it apart" he was referring to field stripping it.

Unless it is completely caked in rust, it should be fine to fire. I would remove the barrel and inspect it, but if it looks good, it should be fine.

I shot my friend's 1940s 1911 that his grandpa gave to him at the range tonight. It shot everything just fine.

Remember - guns were designed to contain explosions. A lot has to go wrong for them to not function properly.


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weagle99
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Don't let your average local jack leg gunsmith work on a gun of that importance. Do some research and find someone that you can trust to perform quality work.


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Danchase
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If the gun says U.S. Army on the barrel it could be worth anywhere from $8,000-$14,000 from what I have read. Also depending on what the condition of the gun is.

did your zero key get stuck? 1400-1800 for a 96%+ blue and a very good condition holster. If you have some good pics I can give you a little better estimate. I have a 1911 colt that was made in 1918. I inherited it but somewhere along the line it was nickel platted so it really doesn't have much collector value.


Flamefighter
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re: Colt 1911 .45 auto
He told me before he passed away, that this gun was with him on the Beach of Normandy.


trumpedup
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FF- that is awesome!
I have one from my pawpaw that was in the war but not used by him. It,too, was nickeled and is about 60%. It was my pawpaws, tho and that makes it special to me. I took mine to Reyersons(sp) in central when I got it to have it inspected and it was in good shape. I have put more than 1k rounds through it. And it came with the clear grips.


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Ice Cream Sammich
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Danchase
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re: Colt 1911 .45 auto
That is truly awesome. Take good care and don't sell it.


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NimbleCat
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this gun was with him on the Beach of Normandy

Damn Strong Statement!

I am very happy that you are going to get it cleaned and preserve it along with it's heritage.
Thanks for keeping that piece of American History around.


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SportTiger1
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re: Colt 1911 .45 auto
I'm extremely jealous. Much better than some ole AR15.

Congrats man.


ranger143
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Go to the Colt web site. There you can look up the serial number and it will tell you how many guns in that series were made. Then you can look at other sites to determine it's worth.
I have one that is a low production series gun and determined to be worth upward of 5k.


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KG6
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I wouldn't even field strip it if it has that kind of history. Bring it to a gun smith and get it looked over. I know when I first got mine, I put some "idiot scratches" on it. Wouldn't want to do that with this one.

I took mine down completely for the first time this week. I definately wouldn't advise that. It's not rocket science, but you can definately scratch some stuff up if you're new to it like me.


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