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hueyville
December 17, 2014, 12:29
In LGS man looking at 1911. Said he had decided to begin collecting asked hourly clerk how many needed for collection. Clerk said his collection was three but was going to sell one to finance a different and nicer one. I chuckled and he asked me what I thought constituted a collection. I said 5 was a start, 13 was a decent representation and 21 or more a collection. They both looked at me like had lost mind (well we all know answer to that) and asked which and why.
1. Colt standard size Government Model (box stock, maybe trigger smoothed)
2. Compact Carry brand of choice.
3. Nice Custom preferably full size built by reputible smith.
My gun this slot IPSC Unlimited Major power race gun
4. Variation that is not 45 acp.
I named my IPSC limited minor power factor 9mm.
5. Fighting pistol. 45 or 10mm, night sites, full fit & function, trigger, debur & melted

At this point you have a variety of 1911's and are "collecting". To be a "collector" you now have to choose something unique to make a pile. My pile of unique are my Randals. Four Curtis E. LeMays, Gov't Model clone, Left Hand Gov't Model clone and others. Important things like extra Randal factory magazines, some with original box and papers, sales posters, etc. Then I have my Detonics collection. Three from original factory 20 miles from house, couple from second try after 1st bankruptcy, minimum one from most recent ressurection following 2nd bankruptcy. Since collect Dan Wesson switch barrel revolvers then one Dan Wesson to tie collections together.

After your specialty niche has been worked on (please dont say Kimbers as still making by the zillion need rarity) its time to make sure the necessary varieties in stock. A nice Commander, a Gold Cup, a "Property U.S. Gov't" military gun etc. Thus blowing by the 13 and 21 total marks. Personally think a 38 Super is mandatory, Bullseye gun, 38 wadcutter model and all those classic pistols Ross Syfreid (sp) wrote about in the rags before the internet was available.

After my little wandering down memory lane mentioned to clerk if sold a 1911 to buy the next, collection never happen. While I have departed with a lot of my collections, my 1911's stand proud. Pre 64 Winchesters gone, Class III collection gone, Python collection reduced to shambles, Hi Power collection reduced to five units, just cant collect all once financial and health issues set in and no heirs to leave anything to that deserve. Not leaving guns to relatives who will just take to first gun show and sell. Thus my number of collections has dwindled drastically. Still have a nice representative sampling, just few collections.

So what is y'alls definition of a 1911 collection. I bet responses will be varied and interesting as I know folks who own more 1911's than I own in total of all guns.

K. Funk
December 17, 2014, 12:51
My 1911 collection consists of a 1944 Remington Rand, a 1943 Ithaca, a 1942 Colt and a 1943 US&S plus a bunch of other 1911 types that I don't consider being worthy of being in the same room as the 4 above, although I let them stay there out of convenience.

krf

greenman227
December 17, 2014, 14:24
Debur I get, what operation is melted?

Texgunner
December 17, 2014, 14:58
Debur I get, what operation is melted?

"melted"="dehorned"?

Invictus77
December 17, 2014, 17:08
45 can be a quantity as well as a caliber :)

<a href="http://s32.photobucket.com/user/mlcasson/media/4545s_zps8b050615.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d38/mlcasson/4545s_zps8b050615.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo 4545s_zps8b050615.jpg"/></a>

Disclaimer-This is not my photo. I do love my 1911 45s but I am not up to this level (yet). A friend sent me the photo and I don't the source.

SAFN49
December 17, 2014, 17:49
45 can be a quantity as well as a caliber :)

<a href="http://s32.photobucket.com/user/mlcasson/media/4545s_zps8b050615.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d38/mlcasson/4545s_zps8b050615.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo 4545s_zps8b050615.jpg"/></a>

Disclaimer-This is not my photo. I do love my 1911 45s but I am not up to this level (yet). A friend sent me the photo and I don't the source.

That would be the novice collector, or just getting started. :rofl:

gates
December 17, 2014, 22:23
"What constitues a collection?" :shades: more than 1:-) INV - whoever owns THAT stable of 1911's is like the crazy "cat lady" - one is not enough, fifty is not enough:bow: there is at least $50K in 1911's in that pic and I am probably WAY
underestimating...

hueyville
December 17, 2014, 22:58
melted =dehorned. At one time both terms used for same concept except melted was generally more aggressive than dehorned to point looked like well worn bar of soap. As to 50k in that huge photo of pistols. I have a set of consequtive numbered right and left hand Randal's that was offered five figures for over a decade ago. Only guns I own that live in the safety deposit box at bank. Sometimes quality or rarity trumps quantity but all three together is living the dream. Someday, I will have to finally disassemble the 1911 collection but not just yet. Still regret the Python/Diamondback purge and my FN purge that brought me here to rebuild somewhat. Learned tbus Hi Powers and M1a's only got half purged before better sense took hold.

greenman227
December 17, 2014, 23:07
Melted, righto-thanks.

Glocks in the dishwasher, 45s in the dryer- I do sweaters too.

That's some collection-damn.

Mark IV
December 18, 2014, 15:47
Collection = more than one. :)

Mark IV
December 18, 2014, 15:49
45 can be a quantity as well as a caliber :)

<a href="http://s32.photobucket.com/user/mlcasson/media/4545s_zps8b050615.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d38/mlcasson/4545s_zps8b050615.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo 4545s_zps8b050615.jpg"/></a>

Disclaimer-This is not my photo. I do love my 1911 45s but I am not up to this level (yet). A friend sent me the photo and I don't the source.

Five rows of nine pistols = 45 .45s. :wink:

andresere
December 18, 2014, 17:18
Melted, righto-thanks.

Glocks in the dishwasher, 45s in the dryer- I do sweaters too.

That's some collection-damn.
Melted.
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/andresere/melted_zps6da03085.jpg (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/andresere/media/melted_zps6da03085.jpg.html)

hueyville
December 18, 2014, 17:38
Melted.
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll166/andresere/melted_zps6da03085.jpg (http://s288.photobucket.com/user/andresere/media/melted_zps6da03085.jpg.html)

Darn skippy on the melt job. Cant quite pick out script on side. Does it say "Clark"? If so a classic from the day. My melt gun not quite as rounded but close. Mine is stainless and point was wearing in the waist band with no holster. Thus no corrosion from sweat or gouging of tender areas. Will try to dig out and snap pic. Never has as bought cash in face to face and never entered on insurance list as was the days of running wild and never knew when a quick wipe down and toss in dumpster or river be warranted. Those days are long gone I hope.

andresere
December 18, 2014, 18:23
Darn skippy on the melt job. Cant quite pick out script on side. Does it say "Clark"? If so a classic from the day. My melt gun not quite as rounded but close. Mine is stainless and point was wearing in the waist band with no holster. Thus no corrosion from sweat or gouging of tender areas. Will try to dig out and snap pic. Never has as bought cash in face to face and never entered on insurance list as was the days of running wild and never knew when a quick wipe down and toss in dumpster or river be warranted. Those days are long gone I hope.

Not mine, just grabbed it to show what a melt looks like. Pretty cool, I think. You speak of Clarks- I don't know why, but the last week those things are popping up all over on Backpage listings here in AZ.

greenman227
December 18, 2014, 19:37
Thanks-new one on me----

Roland
December 19, 2014, 20:49
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That's so satisfying for some weird reason ;)