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    Colt WW 1 1911 US ARMY US governemnt Property

    Hey all, yesterday at the range it was a pleasure to see Fortunecookie45lc (youtube contributor) with an acquaintance of his, showing off the latter's very nice 1911.

    It was posited that this was a 1917 model. The leather mag pouch he had was stamped with the manufacturer and May 1923 date.

    Basically this was a very nice sample.
    His father in law owned it for 40 years and did not shoot it.
    Supposedly some Colonel owned it before him.

    The new owner was intending to shoot it at the range but several folks advised him to not shoot it and store it carefully since it may be a valuable item.

    He obliged and was thankful for all the insights and advice.

    Fortunecookie45LC might include this gun 'show and tell' in his next video (youtube and patreon). He was recording his Winchester replica lever action rifle range time.

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    If I am reading the serial number correctly (181554) it is a nice unmolested Colt 1911 shipped September 22, 1917, to Springfield Armory. It appears to have the correct vertical HP stamped barrel. It would have originally been issued with non-lanyard loop magazines, and one of the magazines is a Springfield Armory (folded base) produced magazine.

    Good advice not to turn it into a shooter.

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    Certainly worth more than a shooter.
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    Doesn’t even have a slide stop scratch!
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    I'm seeing rust and possibly little pitting. While it is much better than a lot of wartime .45s, if the new owner wants to shoot it, I say go ahead. Clean the rust off first, avoid holsters and clean it after each range outing. 50 rounds or so, a couple of times a year, won't damage it.
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    I certainly would have no qualms about shooting a box or two a year after I replaced all the springs with a Wolff Spring Kit and shok-buff.
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    Every gun shop is full of shooters, but not original Colt 1911's. Buy a shooter and preserve that one.


 
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