Rob,While the take down scratch (I hate to call it an idiot scratch because many of them occured while in service of our country by some of our bravest... they had other things to worry about!) can be offensive, it is so common on military pistols it is really normal. For a commercial piece, well idiot scratch certainly applies!
It just depends on the particular 1911. Sometimes this marks makes little difference in a gun value or it could mean thousands difference. Example A 99% 80 series government vs a 99% Pre War .38 Supermatch, what does a takedown mark do to each of these guns, value wise. How does this mark effect each these guns differently ? Sometimes its not a big deal and sometimes it is.View attachment 23518 View attachment 23517 i find myself paying up-to a $100-$200 more for an un-Idiot marked pistol. it kills me! just want your opinion on the price between the two...can you guys list pics of the king of idiot marks ever found on one of your pistols... i may cry, like a horror movie...