my first and only 1911

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by J Curttheoldman, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. J Curttheoldman

    J Curttheoldman New Member

    Sep 16, 2009
    I purchased this treasure from a co-worker in the middle 1970's for $25, he had been a naval officer in WW2 and had no use for the pistol, so , I did. The latest date of patent on the left side of the slide is Aug 19, 1918, beneath that reads COLT'S PT.F.A.MFG.CO. Right side of slide reads "MODEL OF 1911.U.S.ARMY, serial # on the frame reads xxxxxx. As a tanker in the Army in 1953 - 1955, this was my side arm and I love it. Can it take the available ammo on todays market and my reloads from the Speer manual safely. It is still tight and still has most of it's finish. No telling how many barrels it has had. I have put a few hundred rounds through it, should I continue?
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2009
  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    I'd shoot it. Stay away from the +P stuff. Probably will not work with anything other than FMJ. But factory ball should not hurt it. Standard velocity reloaded ball shouldn't hurt it.

  3. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Made in 1918.
  4. Doc1911

    Doc1911 New Member

    Jun 29, 2009
    Buy a SA and save this one. It is worth some serious $$$ to collectors. Whatever you do - don't refinish it.
  5. Lotsdragon

    Lotsdragon New Member

    Apr 5, 2009
    Potosi, Mo
    Well here we are again, why would you buy a gun you cant shoot? I just dont get it.......
  6. Doc1911

    Doc1911 New Member

    Jun 29, 2009
    There is really no right or wrong answer here. Accept for antique weapons I shoot all mine. However, when I stumble upon an antique - I personally save it and shoot the other ones I already own. This way they maintain more value. It is a personal choice.
  7. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    I'm not suggesting using it to compete with, and shooting thousands of rounds a week in practice. I've got a Webley, from 1915. I don't shoot it every day, but I shoot it. I realize that it is old. Many of my guns are pre-war. Some of 'em (my Ortgies, for example) haven't been made for 60 or 70 years. You can't get parts. If I break one, my only option is to try to find someone that can make me a part. But I shoot 'em anyhow. That's why I bought 'em.
  8. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    im with alpo. if i had a prototype 1911 that didnt have a grip safety i would shoot it.
  9. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Heck, if I had that one-off 45 ACP Luger, I'd shoot it. :D
  10. mrkirker

    mrkirker New Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    I'm with Alpo on this one. I've an early 1911, and I shoot it occasionally with target round-ball, not every week or every month for that matter. If it was a pristine example, I'd think twice about taking it to the range, but a 'war gun' needs to be trotted out every so often. (2ยข)
  11. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Here at TFF
    A 1911 that doesn't get shot is a paperweight IMHO. I'm not a collector but a shooter so that's my reasoning. I have seen some nice examples of old 1911's thru the years, some in nice showcases and they just look lonesome.

    But, the pistol belongs to you so the choice is yours. :)
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