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My Dad\'s 1911A1

This 1911A1 was carried by my father, First Sergeant William W. Cross, from 1941 to 1945. It still shoots well.

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Re: My Dad\'s 1911A1

Beautiful 1911. I hope that your father has shared some of his experiences with it with you. Every one of those pistols is a piece of our noble history.
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Re: My Dad\'s 1911A1

Your Dad's pistol is a rebuilt 1911, not a 1911-A1.

The frame is a 1911 frame with an -A1 short trigger and arched mainspring housing, WWII plastic grips, and a -A1 marked slide.

Strangely, it still has the short 1911 grip safety, but what looks like a -A1 hammer.

Most 1911's were rebuilt during service, but it' not too common to find one in which the -A1 trigger and mainspring housing was installed, but not the long tang grip safety.

You have a valuable piece of history.
Document as much as you can find out about your Dad's service, and when he was issued the gun and where he carried it.
That provenance adds to the historical and monetary value.

Go here to check your serial number, and it will tell you when it was built.
http://proofhouse.com/colt/
 

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Re: My Dad\'s 1911A1

dfariswheel...Thanks for the insights. I appreciate knowing more about this 1911.

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Re: My Dad\'s 1911A1

Sorry I was adding to my post, and you may not have seen this:

Go here to check the serial number for when the pistol was built.
http://proofhouse.com/colt/

The holster has value too, both monetary and historical.
Keep the two together.
 
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