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I am going to look at a 1911 tomorrow. It's a 1918 built blued gun (not black army finish) and is about 90% finish wise.
All original except for the magazine.
I've seen the gun before. The asking price is $2500.
I'm thinking that that is on the high side. What do you folks think?
 

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We'd really need to see some good, well lit images and close ups of it to have some idea what it is and or what is going on with it.


But, from your description, I have no idea.

If it is a Government Model, and original, it would be a lovely Blue over high polish.

If a m1911, if original, it should be a coarse finish with a sort of transparent or semi translucent blackish attempt at Blue, and maybe even with most of that flaked off. But no 'polish' really underneath the 'black/blue'....but then I do not remember really just when the finish was changed or what part of 1918 it occurred in, where some early 1918 ones may have had the older finish still going, so...Serial Number would help on that part, for those here who would know.

If it is a re-finished Pistol, the price is much too high.

It might be one which is a 'Mix Master' and put together out of parts which did not start out together and or parts from differing eras.

If it is all correct and an original finish and fairly high condition, the price may not be too out of line...but, lots of "ifs" there.
 

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While the issue of the modern Colt 1911's in two different finishes may have confused history, all the Model 1911 pistols were oven blued by the same method beginning in early 1918. Beginning in May of 1918 the final polish before blueing was more coarse, resulting in a darker color to the finish. This was done to speed up production for the war effort. There may have also been other shortcuts on these late war pistols, as the finish was not as durable as in the past.

Some of the most beautiful military pistols produced were the 1924 Transitions, and they too were blued by the same method
 

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Prices are all over the board on these and there seem to be many available in various conditions. You take a big chance buying one without someone with experience looking at.
 
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