Colt 1911 model us army 1918? What’s it worth?
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    There's a 'What If It Isn't?' factor today that's more prevalent than ever before - it happens when a 'dealer/flipper' knows a bit, but not enough to tell a refinish, so he thinks - 'I think it's a re-blue - but what if it isn't?'

    That's when he thinks about the exorbitant asking prices he sees, and decides his 'gut' knows so much more.

    Gun shows can become a rarified atmosphere on both sides of the table - especially when the table owner thinks he's getting a treasure away from the other dealers, so he'll often move quickly.
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    I agree, I've seen it with other collectibles areas. It's the dream that noncollectable condition will somehow be "pulled up" along with all the good condition items. You see it every time someone posts a tired, bubba'd, or refinished Colt here. People start quoting "I'd pay up to One Hundred Million Dollars!" type comments. Or "It looks nice to me...I'd buy it" Talk is cheap. Throwing down hundreds or thousands on a refinished gun is not.

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    Nice set of 15 row stocks. Certainly worth as much as the re-re-refinished pistols being sold by the CMP, but I think they are too high.

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    I don't know where you are but it is an easy $900 to 1000 in California.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogface6 View Post
    "I think it's a re-blue - but what if it isn't?"
    Easy answer. If it is a real 1911 or 1911A1 it's been refininished. One's that have not been are rare as unicorns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_AK View Post
    Easy answer. If it is a real 1911 or 1911A1 it's been refininished. One's that have not been are rare as unicorns.
    Not necessarily. The Model 1911 and 1911A1 pistols did not go through a massive rebuild program after WWII, and nice examples are fairly common. The NRA/DCM even sold some 1911A1 pistols that were still NIB in the 1960 time period.

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    I sold a refinished 1918 Colt 25 years ago for around $700. It doesn't surprise me that a quarter century later a person can sell one for $150 more. If a GI pistol isn't a total piece of junk just the frame alone is usually worth around $500-$600 these days.

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    I recently had a friend sell a similar era pistol,in worse reblue condition for $2000.
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