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Old July 21, 2017, 16:28   #1
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1918 Colt 1911

Picked up this 1918 Colt 1911 today and the S&W Model 28 came along for the ride. The Colt is not too bad except sight had been changed but no apparent damage can be seen to weapon. I had traded the 1911 off some time back so i guess it just came back home.


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Old July 21, 2017, 22:14   #2
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Sweet 1911. I have its cousin in the safe. Granddad bought it from the old DCM and I still have the freight receipt! You don't want to know!
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Old July 21, 2017, 23:00   #3
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Nice pair! I've owned (and own) a handful of 1911s but have never owned a WW1-vintage, I've always thought they were cool and vintage S&W N-frames are my overall favorite handguns.
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Old July 22, 2017, 08:35   #4
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Sweet 1911. I have its cousin in the safe. Granddad bought it from the old DCM and I still have the freight receipt! You don't want to know!

Probably $32.00 ??? My wifes uncle bought a U.S.&S. from DCM like in the 60's for this or less. It appeared as new in the box to me and i sure wish i had mowed Uncle Thomas yard more. Gave it to his son and he probably traded it for a computer as he was really in to those on the ground floor.
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Old July 22, 2017, 15:20   #5
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Probably $32.00 ??? My wifes uncle bought a U.S.&S. from DCM like in the 60's for this or less. It appeared as new in the box to me and i sure wish i had mowed Uncle Thomas yard more. Gave it to his son and he probably traded it for a computer as he was really in to those on the ground floor.
Yep, that sounds about right! Mine is not NIB but it was refinished at some point by Uncle Sam. It is 2 years younger than my Granddad would be. I still take it out and shoot it once or twice a year. I did replace the recoil spring but I have the one it came with. Not for sale at any price!
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Probably $32.00 ??? My wifes uncle bought a U.S.&S. from DCM like in the 60's for this or less. It appeared as new in the box to me and i sure wish i had mowed Uncle Thomas yard more. Gave it to his son and he probably traded it for a computer as he was really in to those on the ground floor.
I've got a 1918 colt that is an AA rebuild. Got the receipt when it was sold out of picatinny arsenal for $17.50 + $2.50 postage . Papers marked "sold as unserviceable". That's how they got olde r1911's out of the system then.
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I've got a 1918 colt that is an AA rebuild. Got the receipt when it was sold out of picatinny arsenal for $17.50 + $2.50 postage . Papers marked "sold as unserviceable". That's how they got olde r1911's out of the system then.
I think that simply meant it hadn't been inspected before release. There was a similar differentiation with the 1903s/A3s being sold at the same time...for a few dollars more you could buy one that had been "inspected" and classed as "serviceable".
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Very nice old Colt. I love the N Frame .357s, too. I have a '69-manufactured Model 27 with a 3.5" barrel. It was somebody's work gun though. Not as nice as your Highway Patrolman.
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I, too, have a 1918 Colt 1911. I got it from a local museum. It was given to the owner of the museum (personal museum) by a local who was in the service. He had a lot of stuff and personally came by to give it to my friend. They are both gone now. I also have his Colt Ace. They sleep side by side.


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Old August 05, 2017, 21:53   #10
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I have a 1918 colt I got from a buddy after I sat/took care of him in the hospital after a bad wreck.

I wouldn't accept payment but he knew I wouldn't turn it down.

It had been in the wreck with him and the rear sight was road rashed.
No where else on the gun.
I keep wondering if I should leave it or replace it (still useable)
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Old August 06, 2017, 08:49   #11
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I have a 1918 colt I got from a buddy after I sat/took care of him in the hospital after a bad wreck.

I wouldn't accept payment but he knew I wouldn't turn it down.

It had been in the wreck with him and the rear sight was road rashed.
No where else on the gun.
I keep wondering if I should leave it or replace it (still useable)
Leave it alone would be my vote. Every time you pick it up you will remember how you came to own it.
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Leave it alone would be my vote. Every time you pick it up you will remember how you came to own it.
Exactly my thoughts too.
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Speaking of a 1918 1911....not mine.

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/676865606

Same seller has an Izzy LB in Imbel GL up for auction too.
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Leave it alone would be my vote. Every time you pick it up you will remember how you came to own it.
No danger of that. Bert was a good friend.

When he died his sons gave me several guns tagged with my name.

A near flawless Colt comando (pistol, not the rifle )
A S&W victory marked USMC (Only one he or I have ever seen, and he had owned it since before people didn't care enough to fake it.)
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I have my Grandfathers 1917 production. It was issued to hem in 1918.
He brought it home with hem after the Great War (WWI).




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Nice nice...and oozing with historical cred.

I will kill some bowling pins with my S&W Model 28 this very evening.
It takes 'em down and pushes them back with almost the same authority as a 45 caliber.
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Old August 10, 2017, 12:26   #17
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Man i would say nice is an understatement..........Beautiful beyond words.
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Old August 13, 2017, 19:45   #18
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the ride along 28 looks exactly like the one I aquired
now wears altamont simulated ivory magnas
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