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kmfl98
February 07, 2016, 12:53
Found this for sale locally. From no more than I know, seems to be a 43? I know the pics don't reveal much but anyone got any quick info or rough value? I'm trying to work a local deal today.

http://s5.postimg.org/oim0bifqv/20160207_123108.jpg

http://s5.postimg.org/qyntpcxtj/20160207_123056.jpg

Invictus77
February 07, 2016, 13:18
I am no expert and the pix are not the best, but if I saw it offered for sale locally:

It's a Colt = positive
It's a 1943 = VERY positive
It's been nickeled = negative
It looks to be poorly nickeled = VERY negative

If it is mechanically solid it could make a good shooter, truck gun, or carry gun, but with no collectible value. Maybe $500-$600....but if the nickel looks as bad "in person" as it appears to be in the photos, I would probably not go that high myself. That's just me though.

IMHO....YMMV

kmfl98
February 07, 2016, 13:21
Thanks for some input. About what I was thinking. Can be bought at 550...don't know what to do.

tdb59
February 07, 2016, 13:39
Thanks for some input. About what I was thinking. Can be bought at 550...don't know what to do.

Pass.
Lettering is washed out from excessive buffing.
I would be leery of condition of the internals.

It is a $ 400 gun.


$.02


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MAINER
February 07, 2016, 13:53
Thanks for some input. About what I was thinking. Can be bought at 550...don't know what to do.

Tough one, $550 not a lot for a 43 Colt, but I would not be interested unless I could get rid of the nickel and restore it to some semblance of its former self.
That may not be economically smart, but I would pay a bit of stupid money because it is a 43 for "auld lang zyne".

For a collector, no, as a personal carry piece, or shooter, probably not because I need better sights.

MAINER
February 07, 2016, 13:57
Pass.
Lettering is washed out from excessive buffing.
I would be leery of condition of the internals.

It is a $ 400 gun.


$.02


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This is what I was thinking too, but couldn't tell if the metal was damaged or reflections from the plating. If the metal is dished from excess buffing, run!

kmfl98
February 07, 2016, 13:57
More detailed pics coming in a few minutes


I've always had a "thing" for stainless and nickel 1911's. I have a somewhat rare .40 Cal colt 80 Series 1911 SS. Kinda thought if I bought this one, it might push me to sell the .40. Still undecided...

kmfl98
February 07, 2016, 14:02
http://s5.postimg.org/czvpqmxx3/Message_1454867847488.jpg

http://s5.postimg.org/lebcepyyf/imagejpeg_0_3.jpg

http://s5.postimg.org/ili4uoylz/imagejpeg_0_2.jpg

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http://s5.postimg.org/wpe0335tj/imagejpeg_0_4.jpg

Invictus77
February 07, 2016, 14:13
With the better pix, I would say this was a very pitted rust bucket at one time and someone hoped nickeling would fill in the voids.

For me, $500 tops and that only because it is a '43 and I have a soft spot in my heart for Colt 1911s.

tdb59
February 07, 2016, 16:00
http://s5.postimg.org/wpe0335tj/imagejpeg_0_4.jpg



Yup.

Put your funds to better use.



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SAFN49
February 07, 2016, 18:20
$400 ~ $450 tops. It's just a shooter.

Now if you want to restore it....

http://www.caswellplating.com/electroplating-anodizing/metal-strippers/metalx-b-9-nickel-stripper-2-5lb.html

meltblown
February 07, 2016, 19:11
I wouldn't pay anything for it. Save your 400 and buy something nice for 800+. I like older Commanders

SPEEDGUNNER
February 07, 2016, 19:20
$400 is my number too. Those old wardogs deserve a good home....many a vet chromed them up after the war to mimic the gangster look of the 30's and that alone gives them a little bit of history.

I'll take it.

kmfl98
February 07, 2016, 23:29
I've passed on it. Thanks for all the help fellas.