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    Default Colt M1911 from 1917 - You Guys Made Me Buy It

    I can not find a good way to photograph this pistol. Depending on the angle and backlighting, it can look from silver to black, and every shade of blue in between.

    It came with a crapload of stuff.

    Lots of pics. Enjoy, and thanks for looking.






























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    Most of these I see are refurbed or brown. Shes a beaut Matt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ556 View Post
    Most of these I see are refurbed or brown. Shes a beaut Matt.
    Thanks.

    The front grip strap has some brown. Just for you, CJ.

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    is that rear sight correct?

    either way, a damn fine looking pistol,

    you did good,

    what is the bidding up to on the knife?
    what's so funny about peace love and understanding?

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    Now that, is a 1911 I'd own! Very nice.

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    Just say thank you! Where would you be without us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alarmingman View Post
    Just say thank you! Where would you be without us?
    Where are my manners?????

    Thank you for making me spend a lot of money!




    Quote Originally Posted by Lyman1903 View Post
    is that rear sight correct?

    either way, a damn fine looking pistol,

    you did good,

    what is the bidding up to on the knife?

    Tony Wilcox at James Julia Auction looked it over today, and gave all the parts his blessing, including the sight. But I really wouldn't know, myself. Perhaps I will learn, though!

    And the trench knife? I probably will sell, eventually. But I'm keeping the scabbard for my other one, which is in better condition.





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    yep, a diamond, I like the knife especially.
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    Martin, very "nice looking" 1911 rig....... (They don't often come up that nice!) You did good! I like the trench knife too........ I always wanted one!.
    Thanks for showing,
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    Hold on one darn second, that gun is CLEARLY MARKED as US Government Property!

    Very, very nice,nice 1911, nice trench knife, nice everything.

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    You scored. The pistol is a beauty, lets say that I may have been a couple hundred under before the pictures. The lanyard, which I do not recall you mentioning, is a hundred time harder to find than the holster and adds another couple hundred IMO.

    I still know squat about the knife value but I am betting you got a good deal. I like the knife as well. Congratulations.

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    Thanks, Mike.

    I didn't mention the lanyard, because it was folded underneath the belt in the display case, and I didn't even see it until it came out for the sale.

    A 1917 trench knife is $100-300, depending on condition. An original scabbard (very scarce), is similar. These items are in good, but not very good condition. My guess is that the combination would bring $400 to the right buyer.

    The belt is dated 1942. But I have a WWI Mills belt which I'll swap out.

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    Beautiful pistol. Your photography is spot on. Thank you for sharing. Oh yeah, nice knife too!
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    What a great way to start my day. Beautiful photos of a spectacular 1911.

    Thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin08 View Post
    Where are my manners?????

    Thank you for making me spend a lot of money!







    Tony Wilcox at James Julia Auction looked it over today, and gave all the parts his blessing, including the sight. But I really wouldn't know, myself. Perhaps I will learn, though!

    And the trench knife? I probably will sell, eventually. But I'm keeping the scabbard for my other one, which is in better condition.




    Tony is a good guy, used to chat whit him on occasion at the local shows,

    I cannot remember when the rear sights were changed,

    either way, still a damn nice pistol

    knife is excellent as well
    what's so funny about peace love and understanding?

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    Real beaut!
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    Very nice!... To me, that's the epitome, and essence of what makes for a 'proper' 1911. Hell of a set of kit.

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    Thank for the fine photos, whch I much ebjoyed.

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    Exodus 20:17.... nice grouping. After changing out the belt you should give those pieces a special display place.

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    VERY nice find. I can't recall seeing many service 1911s of wartime production in nicer condition. You done good, sir.
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    I have a number of old 1911s and A1s and I would be plumb proud to have this one in my collection. A truely nice looking set of equipment.

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    Beautiful.

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    SWEET!

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    Great Score on the whole lot! That trench knife looks to be in very good condition. Most of those that I have seen are either pretty rusted or have been "reconditioned" with cold blue. While not a great fan of the triangle blade, I'd love to have that one hanging on my wall!

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    What took you so long!!?? Jealousy reigns supreme - a fine acquisition! The trench knife is a real Lucky Strike extra.

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    Beautiful 1911, just picked one up myself, slightly earlier then yours, not as good a finish, still glad I got her
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    my first 1911 almost 50 years ago was a 1922 and when you shook it, it rattled like a farm truck and had no repeatable accuracy.your pictures are indeed excellent

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    Green isn't just the color of money. It is also the color of my deep rooted envy at your good fortune. On the color scale it would be a very deep forest green. My 1917 dated example is very nice. Yours is better. Very nice pistol and rig. Totally jealous here!

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    Thanks for the accolades, folks.

    I finally found a background which my camera's color meter likes. These pics are the best representative images of the real appearance of the pistol.

    Thanks again for looking!







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    Repeat - VERY nice find and acquisition.

    IF you decide to give her a test-run, PLEASE do not use the vintage Frankford Arsenal ammo. The stuff has perchlorate primers that are very stable, would quite likely work - and are corrosive as HEdouble hockey sticks. Keep those unopened boxes for collector/display purposes.
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    Nice, crisp markings on the gun. Well done, sir.

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    My oh my oh my oh why do you make me cry? Got a pretty nice scabbard if your interested. PM if so.

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    Performed a few 'upgrades' on the rig.

    1. Swapped the olive drab pistol belt with a khaki weave with unfinished brass hardware.
    2. Gave the trench knife scabbard a place to hang on a pre-1912 Mills khaki rifle ammo belt with Eagle snaps.
    3. Traded the LF&C trench knife for one in much better finish condition.
    4. Added a leather mag pouch marked, QMC JEFF. 1922 HEK. I know that it's post-war, and meant to be used with a leather belt/harness, but it is not often seen and really cool.
    5. Gave the pistol a detail strip, clean and lube. Can't really see that work once it is reassembled, but I feel better about it. Note: No appreciable internal wear on this puppy.










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    Very nice setup!!
    what's so funny about peace love and understanding?

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