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Old November 12, 2019, 08:25   #1
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Colt .45 Automatic Ad

It seems what we call 1911 used to be more commonly known as "Colt .45 Automatic" or "Colt Government Model." In any case, I decided to take a picture of the ad for said pistol off that Popular Science magazine from 1957 I bought.


First thing I thought when I saw the ad was those people who whine that SKS prices should be $99 like when they used to buy them off a barrel at the drugstore, or how they used to buy Mosins by the crate for $30 a pop just to set fire on them, or FAL receivers are way more expensive then they should.

Fine.

Want a FAL kit for $150? I want a box of 1911s by mail for $44 a pop. Shipped from California.

Note: I do like the "most popular automatic (pistol) ever developed." I would think at the time the high power would want to have a word about that maybe not in sheer numbers (the F150 effect) but in number of countries adopting a version of it. Also, the "coming from friendly country" and "new." Were they made outside the US or are returns from land lease thingies?
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Old November 12, 2019, 12:29   #2
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i remember ads like that in the NRA magazine in the '50s, 1917 Colt .45 for $12.95
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Old November 12, 2019, 13:23   #3
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Hold on there! NOT as cheap as y'all think.

In the 50's, I worked for about $1.00 an hour loading freight cars with 100lb burlap sacks of potatoes when I wasn't cutting wood for about the same amount, sometimes $1.25.
From the time I was 14, I earned the same as any man doing the same labor. I couldn't make $12.95 in one day unless we got a bonus.

Curse of growing up poor in a rural area. Times have changed, not all for the better.

Anyway, I finally got one of them Colt .45 Automatic Government Model Pistols" or two. I don't mind what you call them just as long as I got one. Or so.
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I know what you mean, my last job before i joined the Corps in '57 was running a hand truck for a buck an hour, 44 hours a week. a case of quarts of Coors was $5.
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Were they made outside the US or are returns from land lease thingies?
From this undated ad (prices match yours) purported to have been in the American Rifleman, says "Remington, Ithaca" - so US made.
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...ect/doc143.jpg

That said, Golden State Arms did make their own 1911 frames at one point.

After the closure of Golden State Arms, Burton Brenner started Federal Ordnance and shortly thereafter partnered with John Arnold at National Ordnance in So. El Monte. Karnes returned from Puerto Rico, and with his wife Ilia and their children, founded A.R. Sales in So. El Monte, CA, manufacturing lightweight 1911 receivers. http://www.m1carbinesinc.com/carbine_santafe.html

Fun Fact: 44.50 dollars in 1957 had the same buying power as 403.24 current dollars.
https://futureboy.us/fsp/dollar.fsp?...&fromYear=1957
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