What ya think its worth? 1918 Colt US property They say it's all correct, parts wise, comes with two tone mag (no letter on floor plate) and a leather US holster. I'll tell you asking price after I hear a few opinions here, thanks!
If the P and H are stamped separately the barrel isn't correct. The first of the H P stamped barrels were stamped horizontally, then vertically, and finally together with a common leg. The common leg version transitioned in 400,000 to 420,000 serial number range.
Otherwise the pistol appears correct, and is one of the "black finish" pistols. The bluing was prone to flaking or wearing off easily, especially in areas where it was handled or came contact with sweaty skin. A coat of oil would do wonders for it's appearance. Depending on the barrel, I would place it in the $1500/1800 range.
I know I'm late to the discussion but I tend to agree. It really would be worth the asking price if the finish was at least in the 80% range and the had the correct HP barrel. Still a good example since it looks pretty much unmessed with and that's a rarity for most of the vintage 1918 pistols.
Oh I love the gun, and I am sure soeone would trade for the barrel to get you the correct one, or it coud be accomplished with a sale and purchase but it just seems high to me. It is a hard market to gauge anymore as these things are being snapped up quickly at prices all over the board. You do not see original finish 1911-1922 Colt 1911's sitting on shelves at any price for an extended period
If they would take 1500 I wold snap it up. If I REALLY wanted it I may even go 1700. Todays prices are tomorrow's wishes. If you have the money free and really want it only you can truly set a price your willing to pay. I'm not talking grab your ankles price but sometimes a couple hundred dollars difference is just the price of getting something you have always/recently/just now wanted. Scan the auctions and look at the condition and prices some of these are commanding and make your own judgement.
I found out I can get it for $1,650 plus tax and $5 background. So $1754.00 out the door. Damn what to do?? Not thinking its a great deal, but not terrible either. Just gotta decide......prob be gone when I do lol. Has a wartime US holster to made by Gadsden & Knight that goes with it, that's gotta be worth a couple bucks.
Well it's a tough one. At $1500 no question about but I think I would go for it anyway. Again I haven't seen an original Black Army in fair shape for under $2000 at any auction site for months now. You could swap out the barrel with another member and you're set to go. What's $200 difference over time anyway? Good luck!