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    Colt 1905 Automatic

    I may have shown this one before but recent refs to the 1905 prompts me to 'show & tell'. A few years ago, 2009 I think, I decided I needed a near mint 1905 and was willing to pay the $5K it took at the time. Months went by, never found one at any price, best was a 're-mfg' one for about $3.5K. Finally I bought this one for $2.6K, I'd call 90%, a lot nicer than anything I had seen offered. It's as nice as it looks except for a patch of rust/pitting on the other side on the frame, the flat just forward of the trigger guard. I think I can rework it to be close to the rest but I keep resisting. One of the nation's great Colt 1911 gurus who lives here says the pearls are worth over 500. It's probably the best 1905 I'll own, now that my yen has cooled. It's on my list to get lettered.

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    What a treat to see some m1905 'Pearls' too!

    Wow...


    I wish I still had mine.

    I used to re-Load for it in the mid 1980s ( Lead Semi-Wadcutters, and a load suited for what it was made to shoot ) and did a fair amount of plinking with it off and on.

    Mine had been poorly re-blued, but remarkably, with no Buffing...I realize now what a fine 'Turnbull' Candidate it would have been! Was very nice and crisp, no pits or anything, all edged sharp, far as all surfaces went, other than it was a sort of blahh-greyish Black. Even the Stocks were crisp.

    Anyway, 1992 or so, I traded it straight across for a New Service Target in .44 Russian/Special.

    If one loves the '03 Pocket Hammer, the '05 .45 is just that much more..!

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    You just like to tease. Showing us your 1905 when you know how hard they are to find. Thanks for sharing its almost like having it in the safe. Maybe I'll print me a picture and put it in there and pretend. Thanks for the info from the other day.

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    Here is the closest in serial number to yours that I own #2516 picked up for $525 in 1994.1905 2526Lt.jpg

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    1905 5787 A.jpg1905 5787.jpg One of my nicest 1905's #5787 shipped to John E Bassett, probably of John E Bassett & Co Hardware, New Haven, CT on Jan 13, 1912. This was a relatively recent purchase for $3680. I started years ago when they were reasonable and currently am in the possession of 27, as well as one military contract 1907 serial #24
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    Man I wish I had a time machine..:-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedm View Post
    1905 5787 A.jpg1905 5787.jpg One of my nicest 1905's #5787 shipped to John E Bassett, probably of John E Bassett & Co Hardware, New Haven, CT on Jan 13, 1912. This was a relatively recent purchase for $3680. I started years ago when they were reasonable and currently am in the possession of 27, as well as one military contract 1907 serial #24
    27? Okay, now who is teasing?! Seriously, that is quite impressive!

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    I only have 11, counting two I gave to Son & Son-in-law, one each. Over half of them I assembled from parts I collected. One was a repair that I did of a piece sawed out of the frame. All my re-creations went to Turnbulls after I did the prep and polish, for new lettering and blue.

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    i read somewhere on this forum that TedM is a "Hoarder" i think it was he himself that said that. I won't disagree! I want to be like You!

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    I tried to include this last nite with no. 8 above but with all the tornado activity here in OK, P-bucket wouldn't download then.

    This is my 1905 I got with a piece sawed out of the frame, before and after rework & TLC. Grips are my rework also.



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