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Old 11-28-2014, 15:09   #1
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Colt WWII Commemorative -- European Theater

Hi, guys.

I have the opportunity to purchase one of Colt's WWII Commemorative 1911 pistols, unfired, and in the oak presentation case. The only thing that's missing is whatever manual/brochure originally came with the firearm.

I've wanted one since I saw them back in the day (1970-ish).

Any thoughts?
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Old 11-28-2014, 16:26   #2
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Old 11-28-2014, 22:02   #3
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Looks nice, but I'm not one for special edition or commemorative handguns. Its never been my thing at all.
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:52   #4
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Thanks for the input, guys.

bac: I'm not usually one for special editions/commemoratives either, but even if I should decide to shoot it, I'm not against paying $900 for a "new" 40 year old Colt. It will make a nice "hand-me-down".

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Old 12-01-2014, 21:17   #5
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That's a sweet setup, I'd buy it if the price is right.
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Would not buy, unless it cost the same as a regular series 70, not that into the snazzy stuff.
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Old 12-13-2014, 17:20   #7
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Hi, guys.

I have the opportunity to purchase one of Colt's WWII Commemorative 1911 pistols, unfired, and in the oak presentation case. The only thing that's missing is whatever manual/brochure originally came with the firearm.

I've wanted one since I saw them back in the day (1970-ish).

Any thoughts?
I'm assuming the grips are real Ivory?
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:13   #8
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I'm assuming the grips are real Ivory?
They have the Colt medallions on them but I don't know if they are real ivory or not. I don't know how to tell the difference. I will assume that they are imitation.

My old memory seems to recall these pistols as coming with smooth walnut grip panels so my memory might be faulty or a previous owner swapped them out.
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:24   #9
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Old 12-14-2014, 11:19   #10
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Ivory has grains,like wood.'08.
Thanks for the information.
Nope...no grains. At least no elephant was slaughtered.
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Old 12-14-2014, 17:22   #11
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Eraser,
I saw several of these commemorative guns at the the gun show yesterday. They were priced at basically the same price as a Colt 1911 is today.

Are you buying it for a shooter? or a collector's item? If collector's item, then doesn't seem to be anything other than 'holding' market value.

If buying as a shooter, I don't know. Would like BAC or someone else's input: are these guns regular old guns and are just like shooting any other Colt 1911 of that era???
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Old 12-14-2014, 18:42   #12
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"Old guns"
Oh, my.

I don't want a gun as shadowboxed bric-a-brac but if you do, there it is.

If you want it to shoot, consider that it came out in 1970 and is probably one of the last made before the BB guns and early Mk IV, Series 70s.
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Old 12-14-2014, 18:48   #13
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"Most" firearms made as "collector items" never really appreciate in value.

I have purchased several Winchester "collectors" (Teddy Roosevelt, a Buffalo Bill and a Canadian centennial) for less than the current value of used rifles.

Crazy, I know. But. that's how it is.

BTW, they WERE all N.I.B. (that is until I got to them).

I think of it this way...I'm personally making all those unfired in collections that much more valuable.
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:03   #14
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Colt makes a ton of "special" or "limited" editions every year. Most of them aren't all that special. Doesn't mean that they aren't cool, just that they aren't as "special" as people think.

But then it's all dependent on the prospective owner. I am not into a WWII commemorative, but I'd love to get one of the State guns (New Mexico) that Colt came out a few years ago.
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I have a Colt WWII PTO Commemorative (Pacific Theatre of Operations), sold in the middle 70's. Didn't come with the optional wooden presentation case, just the styro & cardboard sleeve.

It was unfired until I ended up with it.

It's no longer in 'unfired' condition. A fair amount of the copper layer underneath the bright nickel finish is now visible on the barrel hood.

Shoots rather nicely. I'll probably put the original Gov grip safety and hammer back on it at some point, though.

You only have to suit yourself. I don't do "wall hangers" or shadow-box firearms, myself.
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Old 12-15-2014, 15:56   #16
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I'm usually not a fan of spending my money on special, or commemorative handguns. However, if it was an actual WWII vintage 1911 set in a box like that, that was new and unfired, then I'd consider it.

With the one you have posted a photo to, I'd buy it if the price was right, but it'd have to have some sort of special meaning, and I'd have to know the story behind it and why they decided to put it in a box.

As it sits right now, to me, it's simply a 1911 in a nice box, and I wouldn't pay too much for it. But, if I knew the history of it, and why they put it in the box, and what makes it special and commemorative, then I'd be willing to pay more.
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Old 12-15-2014, 17:31   #17
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bullets look to long for .45 ACP, a 1911 in .45 long Colt perhaps ?
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Old 12-26-2014, 22:15   #18
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Very nice pistol!
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