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Old 01-01-2012, 09:12   #1
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Current values of Colt/Essex 1911?

I found a great condition s/s Colt slide on Essex frame for sale locally. Has faux pearl grips and I cannot see any flaws from photos. He's asking $600 for it and I was wondering if that was a good deal or not. I'm looking for an entry level 1911 for $600. Will only use it range. Thanks and happy new year.

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Old 01-01-2012, 09:28   #2
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Too much IMO. You could get a new SA with a full warranty for that price and not have a parts gun that has who knows what done to it.
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:40   #3
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Too much IMO. You could get a new SA with a full warranty for that price and not have a parts gun that has who knows what done to it.
I agree 100%. The thing is, I want something different than a GI by SA since all my friends have them as well. I'd Iike something American made and stainless finish so I was just wondering if this was a good choice. Thanks.
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Old 01-01-2012, 17:27   #4
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I agree 100%. The thing is, I want something different than a GI by SA since all my friends have them as well. I'd Iike something American made and stainless finish so I was just wondering if this was a good choice. Thanks.
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Old 01-01-2012, 17:55   #5
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Op,......is it nickel plated?
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Old 01-01-2012, 17:59   #6
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Op,......is it nickel plated?
Good question, I will ask.

Can anyone explain why someone would remove a Colt slide from the frame and install it on an Essex frame? Is it like putting a 4 cylinder in a Vette?

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Old 01-01-2012, 18:47   #7
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If it is nickel,......I would avoid it like the plague!
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as for value 300 if it shoots it's a budget built parts gun . looks like an old colt slide (not rare or expensive) and alot of cheap parts on a cheap cast frame.. If you know 1911's it might be a fun project, I would steer clear.
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Old 01-01-2012, 18:50   #9
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If it is nickel,......I would avoid it like the plague!
Really? I thought nickel finishes were highly sought after. Why is it bad on the Colt?
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It can be damaged bt some cleaners, I believe it is Hoppes #9.
It can also trap corrosion under the finish, creating a bubble of sorts.
It is also a rather costly to de-plate the finish if you wish to refinish.

It can not just be blasted, polished or recoated.
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I see. I hope my nickel model 19 revolver doesn't do that lol.

The seller lowered the price to $500, I think I'm going to buy it. It will make a good project gun and I can slowly upgrade the internals myself (if needed).
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Cool,.......enjoy!
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I see. I hope my nickel model 19 revolver doesn't do that lol.

The seller lowered the price to $500, I think I'm going to buy it. It will make a good project gun and I can slowly upgrade the internals myself (if needed).
That's still $200 over what it's worth. Have you looked in the for sale section?

http://glocktalk.com/classifieds/sho...eries-80&cat=5
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With the possible finish issues, poor pictures, unknown fitting, I would
pass on it. If it were local and could be inspected & shot prior I would
consider making an offer. But with the info you provided, and this being
your first 1911,..........I'd say it's a poor decision!
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:48   #15
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Understood. I'm meeting up with him at a LGS and may even fire it.

I will offer him $400 cash and see what he says (assuming I like what I see)

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One of my local gun shops specializes in collector weapons. The owners particular specialty is 1911s. He had a beautifully blued Essex that he sold for $500; it is, after all, a parts gun.
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:51   #17
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I will also add that I'm also looking at a SA Loaded Combat. Seller wants 850 (yikes) but its purty.
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Found an interesting thread for you...

http://forum.m1911.org/archive/index.php/t-9536.html
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No way I'd buy an Essex framed gun, they aren't known for quality and consistency.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:09   #20
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Thanks GV, I also came across that thread when doing my research; it didn't sway my decision much but had good information. They can be hit or miss, I realize that. That's why I intended to meet him at the range today so I could fire some rounds through it. As fate would have it, he never showed up. Back to the search! Thanks all.
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