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Good afternoon to all...I have an opportunity to buy a couple of Colts. I have not seen them yet. First, an 8" Anaconda 44 mag., stainless. Gun has replacement grips though he says he has original ones. No box, etc. Like many of us here, I have been trying to buy more Colts of late. I assume since this has no accessories that there is little to no collector value. I am told condition is good to very good (subjective). He is asking $1200 which I feel is too much. Second gun is, as he describes it, a 1985 satin nickel MK IV/series 80 Officer's ACP in 45. It also is sans the box, etc. I have a few Colt 45's including a 1991 A1 compact which I guess is rather similar. Seller has not stated a selling price on the Officer' model. I would appreciate any comments on the Officer's model. I feel the Anaconda may be worth $800 or so and the Officer's model in the $600 range. Am I barking up the wrong tree? Thanks...
 

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You aren't barking up the wrong tree you are just cheap.:)D*
 

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I am afraid there is no denying that I am cheap. I was looking for either of these guns for my collection. How cheap am I, a little cheap or a full-blown cheapskate? I found several of the nickel Officer's in the $600-$800 range. Is the Officer's model all that different from the 1991a1? Thanks...
 

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The Anaconda has little to no collector value? Dude, that baby is climbing. It's better to have an Anaconda than a gold coin. And if the Socialist Republic of Obama continues then watch out.But really, you can't lose with any Colt, and $1,200 isn't bad for that condition.
 

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That is why I am asking for advice. It seems often theses days that collector gun must be 99% condition and have box, etc. I agree that you can't lose with any Colt. I have seen several Anacondas sell on GB for $975-1050 in 95% condition. I need to see these two in person. Any thoughts on the Officer's model?
 

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On the nickel, it depends if you want to make it a "store away collectible" or a "carry around collectible". I own Escobar Polishing Co. and experience tells me that Nickel retains it's integrity when it isn't used every day. The Anaconda as "truck gun" will no matter what, as long as it's treated right. Just my 2 cents.
 

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Thanks Escobar. I have others for carry. Thought the Officer's model may be a good investment. I doubt I would ever carry it. I appreciate the input. I will try and get a look and then I can judge better.
 

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Depending on condition, I'd agree with you that the Anaconda is priced on the high side with no box and papers. If in near mint shape it may be closer to $1000+. Adjust that downward if you learn it's condition is 90-95%, even more at 85-90% and so forth. And again, the Officer's ACP is probably worth more than you're thinking here but dependent on condition.
 

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Thanks Colt-SL. I saw both last night. The Anaconda is clean, shows some wear, slight bit of "clouding" for a lack of a better word. Just looks a little hazy in spots. I have read about Flitz for polishing nickel but can this matte stainless finish be enhanced because of the matte finish? Really just shows minor wear. The Officers model was a clean but has been carried. Nickel is bright and shiny but shows the usual imperfections due to the carry. I suppose the Flitz would help as there are no deep scratches. Seller will not take less than $900 on the Anaconda. I feel a little uneasy at that price. We are both thinking about that one. I did offer $700 on the Officers model. Would that be fair but on the low side? Thanks...Dan
 

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Uneasy at $900? Sir, I don't know where you live, but I live in Arkansas and that is a great price. Please don't use flitz. Use Mother's polish. Like I said above, I own and operate Escobar Poliching Co. I've polished guns for more than a decade.
 

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Escobarclan, why do you prefer Mothers to Flitz?

I have had very good results with Flitz on a nickel plated handgun (after a good cleaning with Eezox).
 

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After researching the Officer's model, I am a little confused. The pistol I inspected was bright and shiny, it looked nickel. However, my Gun Trader's Guide lists that it was made in satin nickel and stainless. I have had other pistols that were polished stainless that to my untrained eye appeared nickel. I would think satin nickel may not have a shiny finish. This is the Mk IV, series '80. I would appreciate thoughts on how to identify which finish this is. I have not been able to find a nickel example on-line. Thanks...
 

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There were some "special edition" officer's .45s that had a polished finish. I know one was an "Utlimate Officers" or something along those lines. Was the gun marked "officers model" or "lightweight officers model" or something else? There was also a Double Eagle Officer's model, double action only pistol. There was also an officers model that was polished that was paired with a Python. And probally others that I dont recall.
 

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From memory, it was marked Officer's Model MK IV Series 80. The seller said it was made for one year only in the nickel and I thought he said 1985 or so. He thought it unusual but I cannot speak for his comments being true. Would matte nickel have such a mirror shiny finish?
 

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I have an Officer's acp. Mine is the "enhanced version". I have heard this referred to in forums but not elsewhere. The serial number ends with ab "E". The enhanced version has a couple of design
changes to prevent frame cracking. I carry mine. Accuracy is Ok and what can I say about reliability? It's a Colt 1911!



Bottom center.
 

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Great photo BearBio, pardon my general lack of knowledge on the model, I assume yours is the bottom pistol with the stage grips. I all assume it is stainless. The gun I am considering looks to be shiny nickel but I did once own a Ruger Vaquero that was polished stainless. I am not sure I could distinguish the two. I guess for the moment I will assume it is nickel.
 

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Would Colt Custom Shop possibly have made this model in shiny nickel?
 

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Quietman, I can't comment on the Anaconda, but as regards the OACP, I'd say $700.00 is a fair price based on what you've described. I've watched them go for a lot more on Auction Arms. I still have one of the OACPs I bought years ago. Cost me $429 in 1991 and was one year old then. Unlike yours, mine is only a matte finish. I wouldn't take a penny less than $700 for mine if I was to sell it. Hopefully you can shoot it first if you decide to buy it.



Colt ACP 12-31-11.jpg

PS: Please, nobody beat me up too bad for posting this pic in the Revolver Forum!
 

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Thanks majdad93.
 
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