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Old August 17, 2015, 07:35   #51
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That's awesome Dave- keep us posted!
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Old August 18, 2015, 20:18   #52
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Having no children to pass things down to understand her motives. Had a substantial Randal knife collection and as relatives in mine and wife's families have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan have given each one a Randal to take. Actually flipped a large collection and had to get on list and order three more as know pretty sure have at least two more who will go active and volunteer for deployment.
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Old August 19, 2015, 16:07   #53
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Some thoughts

There is a website called Culver's Shooting Page. It is mostly about M1 Garands, but they have a 1911 forum. On the various forums (M1, 1903, 1917, etc) people are always asking if members who bought books from Springfield Research Service (it did a lot of searches for Serial Numbers a lot of places in Federal records) to look through the books for a particular Serial Number: they refer to it as a "SRS Search."

That would be worth getting a factory letter from Colt on it.
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Old August 19, 2015, 20:22   #54
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Beautiful pistol Brother davesrb. Even my children are impressed at it being a piece of history from WW1, Show us pics of the other guns she passed on to you.

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Old August 20, 2015, 17:14   #55
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There really wasn't much of interest in the rest of the guns. An old Remington number 4 rolling block, solid frame in 32 rim fire. A .22 pistol from the '70's. a .38 special in pretty rough shape. An old .32 revolver, looks like the barrel was used to pry open boxes....

It is very cool to hold a piece of history that is over 100 years old. I think I need to make a display with my Dad's old Winchester M-1897 Trench Gun. Research shows it was most likely made between 1917-1919, apparently keeping up with serial numbers during the war years wasn't a priority. I believe this one made a trip to the arsenal in WWII.
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Old August 21, 2015, 16:12   #56
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Over a century old, kinda warty but I'll bet it shoots just as well now as it did then! 1911's forever! what a gift!
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Old August 23, 2015, 01:38   #57
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My grandfather earned his citizenship by serving in WW1.
He was in the 129th infantry.
I recall him saying they were allowed to bring home their weapons.
Great gram, unfortunately gave away his Springfield ?
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Old August 23, 2015, 02:48   #58
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That's a nice 1897.
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Old August 23, 2015, 08:56   #59
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So, here is another time being known as a "gun guy" pays off. One of my neighbors husband passed away a few months ago. She dropped by today and gave me a few old guns, including this one.









Not only does it pay to be a gun guy, but a good neighbor, as well! Congrats!
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No, I was thinking Urban Camo Duracoat...........

Or just a little oil and into the safe for now. Although I'm thinking this one deserves a display case.
OH NO don't do that. That patina took over 100 yrs to produce. Taking it off will reduce its value. Just clean and oil it up good. Think long and hard before doing anything.
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OH NO don't do that. That patina took over 100 yrs to produce. Taking it off will reduce its value. Just clean and oil it up good. Think long and hard before doing anything.
Dude, you been had.
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Shhhh, we're going to switch his regular coffee with Folger's crystals next.
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OH NO don't do that. That patina took over 100 yrs to produce. Taking it off will reduce its value. Just clean and oil it up good. Think long and hard before doing anything.
Yeah I hope he knows better...some don't. I had to make sure.
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Yeah I hope he knows better...some don't. I had to make sure.
Crap! So I shouldn't have media blasted it? Maybe a little hot blue will fix it?

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Crap! So I shouldn't have media blasted it? Maybe a little hot blue will fix it?

Cerakote. With flames. You don't get any more tactikool than that.
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Can anyone shed some light on the miss matched grips? Are either possibly an original?
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Can anyone shed some light on the miss matched grips? Are either possibly an original?
Yes. Double diamonds are original to the gun. The other side looks like a postwar Colt commercial grip like you see on the 30's commercial pistols. You'd need a real expert to be sure.
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No, I was thinking Urban Camo Duracoat..........
Get some hogue grips, machine off the old sights and replace them with some new trijicon sights, then you should be good to go!
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I may still have some, I believe, vintage double diamond grips. They were on an older excellent condition Colt Gold Cup. Looked like someone liked the original Gold Cup grips that had the medallions and removed them and replaced them with a set of well used double diamond ones when they got rid of the Gold Cup.
I replaced them with the correct medallion grips. I'll look to see if I still have them.
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I don't know how much you are into displays and all, but that 1911 in a shadow box with WWI era accoutremonts (particularly if the original owner had medals, campaign ribbons etc...) would make for a very nice memorial tribute to your departed friend. Maybe even a short historical writeup as well. Regardless, you are now the custodian of much more than a firearm. Congratulations.


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Old October 02, 2015, 07:03   #72
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I don't know how much you are into displays and all, but that 1911 in a shadow box with WWI era accoutremonts (particularly if the original owner had medals, campaign ribbons etc...) would make for a very nice memorial tribute to your departed friend. Maybe even a short historical writeup as well. Regardless, you are now the custodian of much more than a firearm. Congratulations.


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I am sort of into WWII memorabilia and have a very modest collection. I have never collected much from WWI. But yes, I will probably put this in a display case of some kind.

http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=220115
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Old October 02, 2015, 07:36   #73
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This old girl is just ugly enough to be beautiful, and the story makes her a real dollbaby!

You are doing the right thing, and are to be commended for that.
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I hardly get excited about guns anymore.

But these two old war horses get my pulse going

Very nice 1911 and 1897. They go together so well.
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I hardly get excited about guns anymore.

But these two old war horses get my pulse going

Very nice 1911 and 1897. They go together so well.
I agree! It's funny, with all the guns I have these are 2 of my favorites and they were both given to me. There are quite a few guns that get me excited still, and that I would love to own. But most are old and rare and out of my budget now days.
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Old October 16, 2015, 20:48   #76
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Here's a 1917 version, I thought the SN's were close until I realized yours only had 5 digits . Some like the pristine ones I like the ones with that been there done that look.





Here's some 1918 ammo I should run a clip on a special day like 11/11.


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Here's a 1917 version, I thought the SN's were close until I realized yours only had 5 digits . Some like the pristine ones I like the ones with that been there done that look.





Here's some 1918 ammo I should run a clip on a special day like 11/11.

That's nice! Do you have any info on its history?
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Cool 1911 and 1897. Thanks for posting!
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Just an update for those who had followed along with this story. The sweet old lady who passed this 1911 down to me died peacefully in her home last week. She is survived only by her late husbands sister, who is in her late 80's. She was surrounded by her friends from church and her flower club.
My 10 year old daughter Audrey is devastated, as we have been visiting her at least twice a week now for several years, making sure she had everything she needed, keeping her house in good repair. Audrey would read to her and they would have tea just about every weekend. Her home is visible from my shop, so checking up on her was pretty easy. Hopefully we helped make her final years easier.....

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RIP, nice lady.

She was obviously glad to know you.
Sorry for your family's loss.
Thanks for updating your adventure, here.
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