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Old 02-05-2011, 13:08   #1
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Military Surplus 1911 Value

I have a Military Surplus 1911 I got from my dad - not sure if it's a WWII or Korean war surplus and I will never sell it, but was wondering how would I go about finding out what it's worth. It's in very good condition, and shoots great.

Any suggestions?

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Old 02-05-2011, 13:13   #2
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Can't tell much without some pictures.

The USGI section on 1911 forum is the best place for info on those.
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Old 02-05-2011, 13:43   #3
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No one can tell if we don't see pics please.
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Old 02-05-2011, 14:06   #4
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That's like asking how much is an old car worth.
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Old 02-05-2011, 14:13   #5
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If you are never going to sell it....what difference does it make what is worth?
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Old 02-05-2011, 14:22   #6
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If you are never going to sell it....what difference does it make what is worth?
Uh Insurance reasons????
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Uh Insurance reasons????
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Old 02-05-2011, 15:55   #8
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That's like asking how much is an old car worth.
If you read my post, I didn't ask what it was worth, I asked how I can go about finding out what it's worth.

I was hoping someone could tell me what to look for in determining it's age - maybe by the serial number or something like that.

The reasons are both for insurance purposes and, if it's not really worth anything, I might someday decided to make some modifications to it.
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Old 02-05-2011, 16:04   #9
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If you read my post, I didn't ask what it was worth, I asked how I can go about finding out what it's worth.

I was hoping someone could tell me what to look for in determining it's age - maybe by the serial number or something like that.

The reasons are both for insurance purposes and, if it's not really worth anything, I might someday decided to make some modifications to it.
I think Jeff's point was without specifics and/or pics.....that would be the equivalent of guessing. If you can post some pics, there are some extremely knowledgable guys here that can give you an idea of it's value.
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Old 02-05-2011, 16:15   #10
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Here are a couple of pictures.

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Old 02-05-2011, 16:53   #11
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That is definitely a keeper. I am not sure what kind of value to place on it, but they are very scarce. This is the first picture I have seen of a Colt/ Springfield 1911. These were early production guns. I believe they were produced somewhere around 1914. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
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That is definitely a keeper. I am not sure what kind of value to place on it, but they are very scarce. This is the first picture I have seen of a Colt/ Springfield 1911. These were early production guns. I believe they were produced somewhere around 1914. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
Hard to tell without a serial number. It's been refinished and has a newer trigger so I wouldn't think it's worth all that much.
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Old 02-05-2011, 17:01   #13
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Based on what I've seen I'd ballpark it at $1000 depending on condition (hard to tell from the pics). Edited to note the refinish and trigger work.

~$2500 if it's all original and not refinished- again depending on condition.

I'm on an iPhone so the finer details are harder to pick out.

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Old 02-05-2011, 17:11   #14
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Thats a keeper for sure very nice.
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I don't think that is worth $2500, but a 1911 can tell for sure!
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Old 02-05-2011, 18:41   #16
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Hard to tell without a serial number. It's been refinished and has a newer trigger so I wouldn't think it's worth all that much.

We would need the sn to track down the date of manufacture. The frame has no markings from the photos you posted so they were either removed, it is a so-called 'lunchbox' 1911 frame (very rare) or it is commercial frame.

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Old 02-05-2011, 19:05   #17
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The S/N is just above the trigger on the right side, but not shown in the picture. The number is 168831
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The S/N is just above the trigger on the right side, but not shown in the picture. The number is 168831
That is in the early 1917 Colt range.
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Old 02-05-2011, 20:28   #19
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Sweet pistol and easy & inexpensive to 'restore' back to it's former glory. Or just shoot the hell out of it and enjoy!
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Old 02-05-2011, 21:10   #20
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The S/N is just above the trigger on the right side, but not shown in the picture. The number is 168831
Is it really OD green or does the pic just make it look that way?
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Old 02-05-2011, 21:15   #21
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It's nowhere near "all original", with unmarked frame & that Springfield-marked slide, not to mention the trigger, grips, and what appears to be a parkerized re-finish.
Value in money would be no more than $1000 at the far outside, I'd think, closer to $500.
Value in hand as a family piece would be inestimable.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:20   #22
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Is it really OD green or does the pic just make it look that way?
It's the picture. It looks black.
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That's a 1911 not an a1.Looks to be rearsenaled,probably for use in WWII or korea.

Might have seen service in WWI , WWII & Korea.

The trigger isn't correct,someone has replaced the original long trigger with an adjustable one.

Those trade for $700 -800 around here in that condition.

Got two similiar myself,nice old guns
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Is it really OD green or does the pic just make it look that way?
Some military parkerizing turns that color,it is very desirable over the ordinary grey parkerizing
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Go over here and post some better pictures and they will tell you all about it.

There are some very sharp 1911 people over there
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