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    1939 Colt 1911A1 & 1940 Colt 1911A1 Advice

    I have acquired a 1939 Colt 1911A1, one of 3,636 pistols made for the U.S. Navy and a 1940 Colt 1911A1 Commercial with Swartz Safety, even rarer. Both are virtually 100% gorgeous & correct. The problem is a well-known West-Coast dealer sold them both to a friend of mine who swears they are real and paid “real” money for them. I took them to the Louisville show and a couple of advanced collectors stated they were restored in their opinion. I have always suspected they were restored but am not 100% sure, since this West Coast dealer was also a legitimate well-known collector. I will be at this weekend’s BIG show at table 21A5 if you want to see them and give your opinion. You would not be able to tell from photos so none will be posted here. They both will be for sale. If you have questions you can email me at [email protected].

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    No way to give any advice without pics...
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    Coltgrabber, welcome to Coltforum, and congratulations on your early 1911.

    We would enjoy seeing your gun, and if you provide good, clear, high definition, close up photos of the gun, including all markings, the the Coltforum experts can tell you what we see. We might even reach consensus as to whether or not it is refinished, although with very high quality refinishing, sometimes we cannot agree whether or not a gun was refinished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Collects View Post
    Coltgrabber, welcome to Coltforum, and congratulations on your early 1911.

    We would enjoy seeing your gun, and if you provide good, clear, high definition, close up photos of the gun, including all markings, the the Coltforum experts can tell you what we see. We might even reach consensus as to whether or not it is refinished, although with very high quality refinishing, sometimes we cannot agree whether or not a gun was refinished.
    Well as you know...those that came from the dealer I'm talking about were perfect. I've heard that Doug Turnbull did them for him but that's not certain. Your answer is the best I've seen. If I still have them when I return from T Town this weekend I'll post pics. I'll show them to Scott G., Johnny P., & Scott M., this weekend. If they have gone through a TLC program, I obviously don't want to mislead or defraud anyone; on the other hand, if they are correct I don't want to discount them as such.
    Last edited by coltgrabber; 04-03-2013 at 01:08 PM.
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    I wonder if the California dealer has the initials "db?"

    A commercial pistol cannot be a Model 1911A1. That is exclusively a military designation. It has to be a Government Model.

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    Posting pics of the two guns for forum members might just be a nice thing to do if nothing more than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudgeColt View Post
    I wonder if the California dealer has the initials "db?"

    A commercial pistol cannot be a Model 1911A1. That is exclusively a military designation. It has to be a Government Model.
    My bad. I stand corrected. Mr. Clawson does indeed call them "The Government Model, Commercial Series". I apologize if I confused anyone.


 

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