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Does anyone know how much the 1907 45acp trial pistol brought at auction this past weekend? I believe it was a t Julia. Hope someone here got it. I missed my chance at one 5 years ago and have regretted it since. Thanks
 

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Does anyone know how much the 1907 45acp trial pistol brought at auction this past weekend? I believe it was a t Julia. Hope someone here got it. I missed my chance at one 5 years ago and have regretted it since. Thanks
It's lot 3062 at Julia's and will go on 10/16, so you still have a chance.
 

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I'm sorry ,I thought the auction had ended. I still don't have a chance as the low estimate is out of my range!
 

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The auction is at James D Julia, Inc 0n Oct 14,15 and 16. This 1907 test pistol serial #96 is shown on page 73 of the catalog 3 of 3 and the estimate is $35,000 - 45,000. I am the caretaker of #24 which has better/original? grips and equally as nice condition, if not better. In 2005 it was purchased a little north of $10K. I considered it an outrageous price, but also a love of mine to fill a void in my collection. Also potentially better than the stock market, because I actually have something tangible that may increase in value and enjoyment. PS I have actually put a few light 45 rounds through it.
 

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*EXTREMELY RARE COLT MODEL 1907 TEST TRIALS SEMI-AUTO PISTOL. SN 96. Cal. 45 ACP. Blue finish with 5" bbl, fixed sights and standard 1905 markings on the slide. Frame has a slide stop on the left side and checkered grip safety with a lanyard loop in the left heel. Grip safety is of the later type with extended spur. It is mounted with diamond checkered walnut grips that are modern replacements. Left front web of the trigger guard is stamped with the inspector initials "K.M." (Major Kenneth Morton). According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were 200 of these pistols delivered to the government on the 1907 contract. Delivery of these pistols was in March 1908 after which they were issued to the 2nd, 4th and 10th Cavalry Regiments later that year. The pistols were deemed accurate but had numerous problems with failed parts including firing pins, sears, failures to feed or eject and occasionally pressing hard on the grip safety caused the pistol to fire. Colt eventually recalled all the pistols for further modification where they changed the hammers and added a longer spur to the grip safety, enlarged the ejection ports, installed heat treated sears and different loaded chamber indicators. By this time John Browning and Colt had learned substantial lessons from the test trials which they then incorporated into in the Models 1909 & 1910, which eventually led to the development of Model 1911 and, as the saying goes, the rest is history. The design of the 1911, for which this pistol was one of the predecessors and prototype, is still in production today, over 100 years later. Few Models 1907 survive today and of those completely orig specimens are rarely encountered. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this pistol in Cal. 45 with 5" bbl, blue finish, type of stock not listed with special features "modified hammer, nearly vertical ejection, auto indicator to show that chamber is loaded, auto safety, straightened stirrup and lengthened trigger stirrup pin, shipped to Springfield Armory in March 1908 in a shipment of 200 guns. Also accompanied by a period mail order flap holster with rolled decorations and a brass closure stud. Additionally accompanied by one orig all blue magazine. Further accompanied by a sales receipt from a gun shop in Macon, Georgia where they had produced grips for this pistol. CONDITION: Fine. Slide retains dark blue around the sights with the balance thin blue mixed with plummy patina. Frame retains about 60% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas, turned brown on the front and backstraps. Hammer retains strong case colors. Grips are sound with sharp checkering. Magazine retains about 85% thinning orig blue. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. Holster shows some dryness and flaking with moderate to heavy soil. 4-47763 JR99 (35,000-45,000)

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3063 *RARE SAVAGE MODEL 1907 SEMI-AUTO TEST TRIALS PISTOL. SN 185. Cal.
 

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Anybody want to buy my 23 year old son? $50,000- don't know if he's worth it but I sure would enjoy having something that doesn't know everything! I'm thinking this 1907 might be it!
 

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Thanks for the info, that's a long way from the one at RIA a while back that went over $100,000. Anybody know the difference?
 

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Thanks for the info, that's a long way from the one at RIA a while back that went over $100,000. Anybody know the difference?
I don't remember much about that RIA gun, but the short answer would be: condition, provenance, and more than 1 determined person fighting it out at auction.
 

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I don't think $27,500 is ridiculously outrageous. Just high IMHO. If I had to do it again, I would have gone after the rare and exceptionally good condition first, then later, get the more common pistols. Quantities, although nice, are not necessarily better than quality.
 
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