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CMfromIL
07-12-2010, 08:09
I recently inherited my Great-Grandfathers WWI 1911. It's a Springfield Armory 1911, and according to the S/N was manufactured in 1915, in the second batch produced that year.

I know the MSH and the trigger have been updated, but the pistol has never left the family. I'm assuming my Great-Grandfather had it altered after the rounded MSH and triggers were introduced.

I have ZERO interest in changing anything on the firearm. I keep it clean, oiled and in a safe place. I had it checked over by a local gunsmith to make sure it was still in good shape. After getting a positive check I took it too the local range and fired off a few rounds. Other than 'hammer bite' it was a wonderful experience. Fires like it just came off the line, and dead on accurate!

I also got his leather riding holster, several magazines, his dress sword, and magazine pouches.

http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu259/anonpix_photo/P9190209.jpg

http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu259/anonpix_photo/P9190211.jpg

http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu259/anonpix_photo/P9190207.jpg

http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu259/anonpix_photo/P9190208.jpg

http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu259/anonpix_photo/P9270213.jpg



http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu259/anonpix_photo/P9270219.jpg

CMfromIL
07-13-2010, 15:40
For some reason this is showing up at the bottom of the thread.

dieseldude
07-13-2010, 15:54
Wow, thats sweet!!!

deadite
07-13-2010, 15:54
Very Cool! I have a Colt from 1918 and I love it. Congrats!

deadite

jrs93accord
07-13-2010, 15:55
Very, very nice. That is one beautiful pistol, not to mention the additional goodies. Take good care of them.

Hokie1911
07-13-2010, 15:58
Nice! Gotta love family heirlooms. My grandfather died a few years ago and and my uncle snatched his oldschool Colt 1911. Sigh. I hope to get it someday.

Boost_Junkie
07-13-2010, 16:04
Beautiful.

Titurel
07-13-2010, 16:08
A proud piece of American history!

1911Tuner
07-13-2010, 16:10
Love the old pistols. Wish they could talk.

But be warned that you shouldn't shoot it very much. The steel is dead soft, and prone to lug deformation in the slide, as well as peening in the breechface area. Since there's no way to know howmuch the gun has been shot, it would be wise to limit it to a few rounds a year on your grandfather's birthday. Cracks on the inside corner, adjacent to the breechface are also a real risk.

Glockdude1
07-13-2010, 16:15
Very nice.

Keep them as family heirlooms.

:cool:

wiskeyVI
07-13-2010, 16:24
I inherited a Colt a bit older than that when my Father in Law passed.
It's amazing how well they shoot!
Enjoy!

Navitimer
07-13-2010, 17:24
Looks great! What a piece of history that is...imagine all it's seen throughout its life!

98_1LE
07-13-2010, 17:31
Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

HAIL CAESAR
07-13-2010, 17:45
Wow, great gun and story. I too would limit shooting severely.

Baba Louie
07-13-2010, 18:02
Not a Prancing Pony but an actual US Armory mfg 1911! Springfield Armory as it used to be. Pretty rare, all things considered. 100 years later it'd be imported from Brazil under that name.

That is so sweet CMfromIL. Write down any and all known history of it, and your great grandpa (provenance). Maybe a photo of him back in the day? (w/ 1911 on him for extra brownie points)

Cherish it, insure it, learn all you can about it. I've read about SA's WWI 45 auto, I've just never seen one before. Too cool.

CMG
07-13-2010, 18:03
Nice pistol!

Just FYI, the grip safety appears to be from a 1911A1 model as well (longer tang).

Many of the older 1911s were retrofit with the 1911A1 parts (short trigger, arched MSH and longer-tang grip safety) by the military armorers.

bac1023
07-13-2010, 18:19
Looks great!

deadite
07-13-2010, 18:20
Nice pistol!

Just FYI, the grip safety appears to be from a 1911A1 model as well (longer tang).

Many of the older 1911s were retrofit with the 1911A1 parts (short trigger, arched MSH and longer-tang grip safety) by the military armorers.

+1

My Colt has a few armorer updates/ repairs, as well.

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq15/deadite_photos/guns%20with%20new%20camera/DSCN0454.jpg

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq15/deadite_photos/guns%20with%20new%20camera/DSCN0455.jpg

If I'm not mistaken, the barrel and one of the grip panels was replaced during WWII. When I got it, the hammer hooks were rusted off the original hammer and the thumb safety had similar damage, so I replaced them with period Colt parts from a demilled 1911 (from a Police Office) of the same vintage to make it functional again. I saved the original parts, though. :) All the little scars just show that it has a history.

Good job on keeping it just like it is.

deadite

Pipedreamer
07-13-2010, 18:24
WOW!!!:wow: You lucky dog! I am sure you miss your great grandfather, but since he is no longer with us, it is obvious that he knew what joy that gun would bring into your life. Enjoy it and cherish your heirloom from a truly great generation.

GAFinch
07-13-2010, 18:29
Congrats. That's one hell of a first post.

CMfromIL
07-13-2010, 19:52
Thanks for all the replies! This was my first handgun if you can believe that. I remember seeing it once as a kid, but never actully held it/fired it.

I only got it out of blind luck, and the fact that my father is tighter with a dollar than anyone I know.

I got my great-grandfathers military papers in the mail one day. I called my dad because I wasn't sure why/how I got them. He explained that he had them sent to me because as an IL resident the archive search was free. He lives in Iowa, and didn't want to pay the $10.

I asked him why he needed them. He said that he was SELLING the gun. I about crapped. After a little discussion he agreed to keep it in the family and give it too me. With me being a father with 3 young ones he didn't think I wanted it.

I did!

Pipedreamer
07-13-2010, 20:09
Thanks for all the replies! This was my first handgun if you can believe that. I remember seeing it once as a kid, but never actully held it/fired it.

I only got it out of blind luck, and the fact that my father is tighter with a dollar than anyone I know.

I got my great-grandfathers military papers in the mail one day. I called my dad because I wasn't sure why/how I got them. He explained that he had them sent to me because as an IL resident the archive search was free. He lives in Iowa, and didn't want to pay the $10.

I asked him why he needed them. He said that he was SELLING the gun. I about crapped. After a little discussion he agreed to keep it in the family and give it too me. With me being a father with 3 young ones he didn't think I wanted it.

I did!

Whew! That was close. I am scared of a similar situation happening in my family. You got lucky.

Tactical black
07-14-2010, 09:01
Very cool congrats.

Nicko
07-14-2010, 14:56
:cool: Nice!!

Quack
07-14-2010, 18:42
Nice!!!

and don't be one of those fools that takes items like those to Pawn Star's
That's something i'll never understand.

eddief4
07-14-2010, 19:29
Wow, Awesome gun!!! Congrats:wavey:

ctfireman
07-14-2010, 20:29
What a beauty!

Bumble442
07-19-2010, 19:00
I WANT ONE!!! Very Nice

nothing
07-19-2010, 19:17
That is so awesome, I love historical pieces like that. It's even better when it's tied into your family. I have my Grandfather's M1902 saber like the one pictured and a couple of knives he picked up in the Philippines.

Geeorge
07-20-2010, 04:54
Thanks for the look

GunFighter45ACP
07-20-2010, 07:48
That is AWESOME!!!

Walkin' Boss
07-20-2010, 22:05
Nothing beats owning an original. If you love 1911's ya gotta get a old military model into the collection. I love my 1941 Army Colt.

Your 1911 is made even better due to the sentiment and history behind it. Very, very nice.

glockaxis
07-21-2010, 21:03
Very sweet!! Thanks for posting!

CMfromIL
07-22-2010, 15:45
Thanks for all the nice replies!