US ARMY MODEL 1911

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  1. whitemach

    whitemach New Member

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    HI
    my grandfather recently past away and i found this old gun in the closet. it says united states property model 1911 of us army! ser #246xxx. its in good shape and and says colt on it with a horse?? he is a w2 vet and guessing he took it from the usmc??? it has family value but is worth any thing or will we get in trouble for having it??? thanks for your help!!!:eek
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    I'm not going to try and give a value other than if all original, I'v been seeing thes go for 2 to 4000 dollars. However , you will not get in trouble for having it. It's been written off the books 50 years ago. It is a valued heirloom and should be kept in the family , however it's your firearm, it will make some collector very happ.! Also , it is older than WWII, try WW I. that looks to be a original Model of 1911.
     
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    WELL IT SEEMS original and i was going to get a 45 bullet cause it dry fires ,i think it seems to work! i was going to clean it and find out.. is this a bad idea? maybee for sale!
     
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    If it is in good condition there is no reason not to fire it. That's what it was designed for. The springs are not going to go bad by storage. When I say original, many of these military gins were rebuilt, little thorught was put into making sure all the same parts went back into the same gun. Many of the old 1911's will have a Colt slide, a Remington Rand frame. and so on and so. They call them a mix-master. I'm thinking yours is all original and has not been rebuilt becasue of it's age and earily than WWII vintage. Only someone who is knowledgeable about these guns can tell uou.
     
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    That's a model 1911 and I have one just like it (Colt as well) except mine appears to have a different grip. Mine also has a low serial number as yours. I was offered $1,000 dollars for mine about 5 years ago by a NYS Trooper but I refused the offer. This gun stays in the family.
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    he also left me this 30-m1 springfield rifle! i think its old to!
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    My advice: KEEP THEM! They are worth a lot of money, but to you and your family, they are priceless. If I would put an amount on a 1911, made in 1918 (as is yours), original grips,etc. I wouldn't start less than $2200. The Garand, first you have to see who made it (look on the tail end for the manufacturer, by the S/N). Their prices keep climbing, as well. Prices are going higher and higher for such well kept arms. By all means, hang on to them. TJ
     
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    Whitemach, welcome to TFF. I am your long lost cousin...Your grandfather intended for me to have those. :D Seriously, you've found a real treasure with both of those.
     
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    THE RIFLE says ( US RIFLE-CAL 30 M1 SPRINGFIELD ARMORY) SERIAL #1,953,XXX anybody have a clue when it was made ? i take it springfield made it?
     
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    Rifle was made in 1943.
     
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    THANKS ALPO,,,,, i found out its a 30-06, i also have his marine service knife,,think i am going to have a case made and display them ! he served 4 years from 42-46 in the USMC !this is one of the MEN who kept us free!!! godspeed papa:)
     
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    There were several knives used my the USMC , Unless it has already been done, dont sharpen it or clean it, if it is an original ( there's that word again ) it by it self is very collectable. and worth a couple hundred. Any thing military of this nature is raising in price. The great gereration is going, those items they used are in demand. On your M-1, learn about it, study it then use it. There are people ( incluing myself) who would go to greath lengths to acquire it. by ther way, what is your address.
     
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    BTW, keep them cleaned and oiled. Put a light coat on all metal surfaces to stop any more pitting and rust. If those guns could talk!! Don't be in any hurry to sell such fine heirlooms. TJ
     
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    I would kill to have those guns so keep them, especiely the factory originial 1911. That gun probably saved your grandfather's life during that war.
     
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