I have wanted a 1903 or 1908 for some time now. I guess i go more towards the 1908 since i already have a .380 LCP and don't want to add another caliber to my collection.
i found a nice one last night, very good condition except for some strange scaring by the safety, almost looks like someone tried to pry he safety lever out or grind some of the pin there down a little. couldn't figure out what would have caused that. anyway, the rest of the pistol looks great, i don't believe it was refinished because the scars by the safety were not doctored.
i was also wondering about how much these should 'rattle'. i know they should probably be a little loose, it was manufactured in 1930, but the barrel seemed tight. were the barrels of these usually blued? (or black i guess)? i don't believe this pistol has had a lot of rounds through it and it came from a guy who had a pretty high end collection of other 1911s. he was asking $800 for it, but with the scaring i was hoping to get him down a little, $800 seems a little high.
anyone have any other advice on this? some other things to look for?
appreciate the help