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I just picked up a new WW1 Repro; and I am quite disatisfied with the overall quality of the gun. Don't get me wrong; it is a very nice looking firearm; but looks can be decieving. Mine has some problems; and is now back at Colt. I know that a lot of people don't plan on shooting these things; but I bought mine to shoot. After firing about two hundred rounds; the slide is now forward of the rear of the frame. there are some strange marks inside of the slide from the locking lugs rubbing also. The scratches do not run true from breech to muzzle; but actually curve! The inside of the slide is not machined true. Don't know what caused the slide to move forward on the frame; but was probably due to improper barrel fit; specifically the feet on the barrel. One other issue; you can hold the pistol up to the light, and look through it up at the front of the dustcover. I have to say that I really expected better from Colt on this particular model. It is supposed to come from their Custom Shop! I do have other Colts, and they are all just fine; nicely fitted, and great shooters. This one just breaks my heart though. Anyone else fired theirs yet? Am I the only guy to get a dud? I can understand an occasional lemon from a production line pistol; but not from Colts Custom Shop. Have to wait and see what they do with this one.
 

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We have sold approximately 10 . I'm not sure if our customers are shooting them so I can't comment on function .
I can say that I've returned 3 for cosmetic reasons . Scratches in the finish , dented slide serrations and a grip panel not checked in one corner . These were obvious flaws noticed as soon as we removed them from the package . They never should have been shipped .
 

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I hear ya! It is a real bummer on a pistol like this when there is something obviously wrong and they ship it anyway! I got a work order from Colt in the mail today. It states that they are going to examine the curved scrapes on the inside of the slide; maybe need to "hog" it out a little; refit the barrel, bushing, and refit the slide to frame, and refinish; test fire; No charge. They said thirty days to complete; so all I can do is wait and see how well they do when I get it back. Hopefully it will be as it should have been from the Custom Shop in the first place. Let ya's know.
 

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Well, I got my pistol back from Colt the other day and they seem to have done a first class job of fixing her up! The cover letter says that they replaced the slide and fitted a new barrel. Guess they figured like I did, that the other parts had too many problems to fix! Anyway, the new slide is beautiful, inside and out, and the barrel is very nicely fitted. I took it out and shot it today. No problems of any kind were encountered. She ran very smoothly and was extremely accurate. I am happy to report that Colt does indeed take care of their customers. The gunsmith that worked on this one knew 1911's! After stripping to clean, I can report that there are no scratches on the inside of the new slide, nor are there any unusual wear marks on the locking lugs. All parts seem to be fitted very nicely, and everything is "as it should be". My hat is off to Colt for their excellent service on this pistol. They not only did a first class job, but they got it back to me two weeks earlier than they originally told me. It is now as it should have been from the start, and I am quite pleased. Thank You Colt!
 
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