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Current values of Colt/Essex 1911?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by KennyFSU, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. KennyFSU

    KennyFSU What to wear...

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    I found a great condition s/s Colt slide on Essex frame for sale locally. Has faux pearl grips and I cannot see any flaws from photos. He's asking $600 for it and I was wondering if that was a good deal or not. I'm looking for an entry level 1911 for $600. Will only use it range. Thanks and happy new year.

    I have attached a photo as well.

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  2. rickrope

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    Too much IMO. You could get a new SA with a full warranty for that price and not have a parts gun that has who knows what done to it.
     


  3. KennyFSU

    KennyFSU What to wear...

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    I agree 100%. The thing is, I want something different than a GI by SA since all my friends have them as well. I'd Iike something American made and stainless finish so I was just wondering if this was a good choice. Thanks.
     
  4. jrs93accord

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    What you want is one of these.

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    RUGER SR1911

    Of course, finding one is the problem.
     
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  5. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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  6. KennyFSU

    KennyFSU What to wear...

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    Good question, I will ask.

    Can anyone explain why someone would remove a Colt slide from the frame and install it on an Essex frame? Is it like putting a 4 cylinder in a Vette?
     
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  7. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    If it is nickel,......I would avoid it like the plague!
     
  8. Mayhem like Me

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    as for value 300 if it shoots it's a budget built parts gun . looks like an old colt slide (not rare or expensive) and alot of cheap parts on a cheap cast frame.. If you know 1911's it might be a fun project, I would steer clear.
     
  9. KennyFSU

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    Really? I thought nickel finishes were highly sought after. Why is it bad on the Colt?
     
  10. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    It can be damaged bt some cleaners, I believe it is Hoppes #9.
    It can also trap corrosion under the finish, creating a bubble of sorts.
    It is also a rather costly to de-plate the finish if you wish to refinish.

    It can not just be blasted, polished or recoated.
     
  11. KennyFSU

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    I see. I hope my nickel model 19 revolver doesn't do that lol.

    The seller lowered the price to $500, I think I'm going to buy it. It will make a good project gun and I can slowly upgrade the internals myself (if needed).
     
  12. rickrope

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  13. faawrenchbndr

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    With the possible finish issues, poor pictures, unknown fitting, I would
    pass on it. If it were local and could be inspected & shot prior I would
    consider making an offer. But with the info you provided, and this being
    your first 1911,..........I'd say it's a poor decision!
     
  14. KennyFSU

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    Understood. I'm meeting up with him at a LGS and may even fire it.

    I will offer him $400 cash and see what he says (assuming I like what I see)

    Thanks all.
     
  15. GVFlyer

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    Somewhere in the air.
    One of my local gun shops specializes in collector weapons. The owners particular specialty is 1911s. He had a beautifully blued Essex that he sold for $500; it is, after all, a parts gun.
     
  16. KennyFSU

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    I will also add that I'm also looking at a SA Loaded Combat. Seller wants 850 (yikes) but its purty.
     
  17. MD357

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    No way I'd buy an Essex framed gun, they aren't known for quality and consistency.
     
  18. KennyFSU

    KennyFSU What to wear...

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    Thanks GV, I also came across that thread when doing my research; it didn't sway my decision much but had good information. They can be hit or miss, I realize that. That's why I intended to meet him at the range today so I could fire some rounds through it. As fate would have it, he never showed up. Back to the search! Thanks all.