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Highlight of my Day!

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Fire_Medic, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. Fire_Medic

    Fire_Medic Polymer Butcher CLM

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    I had a very unexpected but pleasant surprise today. There I was counting down the hours to go home from the shop, had a couple of calls at the station last night that made for little sleep, and when I least expect it I'm handed a transfer to take care of for a customer who had a Colt shipped in for him.

    Well little did I know what was inside the box. An unfired, NIB, old stock, 1974 Colt MK IV Series 70 with the electroless nickel satin finish. :wow:

    This has got to be one of the nicest, plain jane 1911's my hands have ever held. It had the factory Pachmayr grips with the gold Colt medallion inserts.

    The gentleman who was taking it had an accident in the past where he is now missing his thumb and index finger on his left hand. We take it apart to inspect it and it still had the green packing grease. The gentleman looks at me and says, my hand has been bothering me today, would you do me the favor of shooting a mag or two through it to make sure all is well. :supergrin:

    The customer is always right, so who am I to say no? :whistling: We didn't add any lube and I went in put the target back to about 12 yards and cranked out 2 mags worth of ammo through the gun. I know 2 mags is nothing to count for the reliability of a firearm, but folks this gun is older than I am and it functioned flawlessly. The gun made me look like a sharpshooter. This was one of the nicest 1911 shooting experiences I have yet to have so far in my time, and the Pachmayr grips feel great and make the recoil feel even softer.

    This really made my day, especially after the horrible shooting experience with the Remington earlier on.

    I know it's silly, but today made me see first hand why so many guys LOVE the "Old" Colt 1911's. I'm just glad I was the one that had the opportunity to test out this fine piece of Colt Nostalgia if you will. The only picture I have is this one from my cell phone after shooting it.

    I thought some of you guys might appreciate the story, it really did brighten my day today at work.

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  2. Trey83

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    That's a cool story. I love older guns and would love to have a vintage 1911 some day. It would go nicely with my Ithaca 37.
     
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  3. Fire_Medic

    Fire_Medic Polymer Butcher CLM

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    You already had the inside scoop. ;)
     
  4. Fire_Medic

    Fire_Medic Polymer Butcher CLM

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    Thanks I don't know if he did good but it cost him $1300 shipped. I've seen VERY worn Colt's sell for higher than that. :dunno:
     
  5. Fire_Medic

    Fire_Medic Polymer Butcher CLM

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    Thanks brother, it was one of those "What Would Brian Do?" moments.

    Maybe we should make WWBD T-Shirts with a picture of a 1911 on them? :supergrin:
     
  6. Trey83

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    Sounds like a good price to me. It looks like WW I, WW II Colt 1911's are going from $1500 to well over $5000 :wow:
     
  7. okie

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  8. You're younger than 1974?! :wow:

    Dam kids! :supergrin:

    The 1970s and older Colts are pretty reliable, many from the 80s and 90s, not so much. :crying:

    Sounds like you had a fun time. You should get the opportunity to run one of the really old ones some day. (Like the one in my avatar from 1914!)
     
  9. gruntmedik

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    I love the vintage Colts. That one is a beaut. He is most fortunate. And you, you lucky dog. You get to pop its cherry. :supergrin:
     
  12. bac1023

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    :rofl::rofl:
     
  13. BlayGlock

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    I wish somebody would let me shoot stuff at my job.
     
  14. bac1023

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    :agree:
     
  15. Tactical black

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    Busted :embarassed:




    I figured I would say something since you keep rubbing it in :supergrin:
     
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  16. Fire_Medic

    Fire_Medic Polymer Butcher CLM

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    My DOB- 03/22/1980

    So yeah I'm a little younger than a 1974 Colt 1911..........:whistling:

    I would love to shoot an older one some day, last gun show down here I met a gentleman who had Vintage Colt's and BHP's, I almost bought a BHP he had but it had too much rust on it. And the Colt's were too beat up IMHO for the amount of money he wanted. I really wanted the high power though, it was a Belgium with German proof marks and matching serial #'s from the Hitler Era.

    The older BHP's and Colt's are starting to capture my attention more and more as of late, don't know why, but they are.
     
  17. Fire_Medic

    Fire_Medic Polymer Butcher CLM

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    Thanks fellas, it was a neat experience. :supergrin:
     
  18. Fire_Medic

    Fire_Medic Polymer Butcher CLM

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    :rofl: