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How much does an idiot mark reduce value.

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Climbhard, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. glockin-45


    Feb 24, 2009
    North Carolina
    I got put down for selling a DWCCO, that was basicaly new, but i put the dreaded mark on it. So i sold it for a very fair price. When i showed the man the scratch, he just laughed, said thats how some people are. If your selling at a fair price, i'd not worry about it. Let the others say what they want, and let them buy new. Give some one deserving of this nice gun a good deal, and move on. It does not cost that much to refinish a slide.
  2. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    So, as part of the USMC pistol qualification, you'd have to disassemble and reassemble the handgun then fire it?

  3. ET.


    Jan 11, 2010
    Idiot Mark...
    My ex brother-in-law's name is Mark. He is definitely an Idiot Mark.:upeyes:

    I have 2 1911's and shoot them often at our lgs range with my friends. If I showed up with a 1911 with an idiot mark on it, I would never live it down. :shocked: Even if I didn't put the mark on the gun, it would still reflect poorly on me. People see the mark & just assume the owner is an idiot. It is very easy to find 1911's that don't have the mark on them. Why would I put myself through the humiliation of owning one that does have the 1911 mark of dishonor? I wouldn't...
  4. cciman


    Jan 19, 2009
    SW Ohio
    Being an idiot here- how does one put the slide stop back on without scratching the slide?
  5. Push it straight in without the exxagerated swinging motion too many think is part of the process. It's not. Idiots always seem to forget there is a lug on the back of the damn thing. And glockin-45, it's not the slide that may need refinishing, it's the frame....although I suppose there are some idiots who manage to scratch up both during reassembly :headscratch:.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2012
  6. ilgunguygt

    ilgunguygt Enslaved in IL

    If you are that concerned about how others view you and your weapons, you need some self-esteem.

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    Anyways, I own a single 1911 with an idiot mark. Its very faint, but its there. All my others dont have one, because i owned them all from new. However, when I buy a gun for a specific purpose, like competition, I could care less. Its going to see a ton of rounds and get shot to hell anyway. Bounced around inside a case and range bag, laid out on shooting benches etc. No big deal.
  7. cciman


    Jan 19, 2009
    SW Ohio
    Pushing straight in has never worked for me. I've owned several 1911's, none would push directly straight in, even pushing very hard, even up and in.-- the plunger always gets stuck under the stop in some fashion or another. I've always had to use a tool push back the plunger.

  8. I don't know what to tell you, cci :dunno:. It's the way I was taught years ago and it's always worked for me with many, many 1911s. Once I line everything up, it's basically a straight-in push with just a touch of upward bias. I never "swing" the slide stop into position like some insist on doing...that's just asking for trouble.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2012
  9. Rick O'Shay

    Rick O'Shay

    Jan 24, 2005
    I bought an Ithaca 1911A1, WWII issue, with original finish and idiot scratches both ways!
    But, instead of $1,500 it would have been worth, I paid $1,250. If I ever resell it (unlikely), then I'll keep the price low to reflect the ignorance that created the scratches.
    I'm guessing either military guy in a hurry, or a trainee that hadn't shot anything but BB guns up to that point.
    I'm pretty sure the military trains their recruits how to assemble a pistol without wrecking it.
  10. Rick O'Shay

    Rick O'Shay

    Jan 24, 2005
    Try assembling BEFORE you add the plunger; ie, spring cap and bushing LAST.
  11. jedi573


    May 31, 2006
    Rick, assuming the thumb safety is already installed, the pressure on the slide stop's detent plunger won't be any different, whether the slide is assembled or not.

    It sounds like cciman is having trouble pushing straight in with the slide stop. What I'd try is pushing it straight in before it's lined up in the disassembly notch. Then you can try pulling back the slide to its proper notch and pushing in the slide stop the rest of the way. I've used this method on more stubborn detent plunger springs and it's worked well.

  12. Wyoming


    Feb 3, 2007
    Southwest Wyoming
    I can tell you the the "idiot mark" cause by the improper reinstalling the slide stop does cost $100 off.

    I have bought several 1911 with such a mark off of Gun Broker well below what the pistol would have brought.

    On stainless steel I just buff it out and go on. However, when I was looking for a Smith & Wesson 945 there was one with the same idiot mark! I think it is still on Gun Broker. I later found one below the asking price without the idiot mark. I bought that one.

    My point is that idiot marks on Kimbers and Springfield will cost you. Idiot marks on Les Baer, Wilson, Guncrafter and other premium 1911's will cost you sales. People that buy those expect the people that own premium know how not to screw them up. It is just easier to keep shopping and find one that was treated correctly. Buyers will pay for that.
  13. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    An idiot mark doesn't wreck a pistol, especially a pistol that doesn't belong to the GIs.
  14. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    Each 1911 would have its own sweet spot and you simply have to find it.

    Some of mine are undersized (or oversized) that it would require a rap of a rubber mallet to get the slide release lever to go in, but yes, it does go in straight without the need to swing or twist around.

    When I was an pro-temp armorer for my unit, I simply didn't give a damn about the idiot mark because a) it doesn't hurt the gun, and b) it ain't my gun.

    Nowadays, I own a handful of these suckers and I'd try my damndest not to get an idiot mark on the new ones. The used ones, I can't do much about. It's weird because I'm not afraid of scratching them up while packing or playing at the range, but the idiot mark drives me nuts.
  15. PhotoFeller


    Nov 18, 2010
    SW Florida
    1911 guys used to suggest that beginners use a little piece of masking tape or a thin piece of plastic as a protectant to prevent the scratch until the assembler gets the 'feel' for how the parts properly go together.

    Comments about the "hacks" who scratch their 1911 frames smack a bit of a 'know-it-all' attitude. People, including lots of really smart ones, have been flubbing 1911 re-assembly for a hundred years. Yes, it hurts value. It also teaches a very valuable lesson for folks who stick with 1911s. Thats why I intentionally started out with a less costly RIA to learn about 1911 mechanics.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2012
  16. Guess it depends on the use of the 1911. Lots of people seem to buy guns just to show them off to their friends. Ok by me-
    I buy my guns to use. To shoot. Often.
    As a friend of mine says-he's a car guy-chrome don't get you home-same principal here
    If you are concerned about cosmetic wear on a pistol, might I suggest a Glock?
  17. cciman


    Jan 19, 2009
    SW Ohio
    Yeah, there is the lingering stink of that dead mouse in the crawlspace

    I own close to a dozen 1911's (Colts, Kimber, SA, you name em), since the mid 80's. I do not enjoy taking them apart nor putting them back together.
  18. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    It's really rather easy. Like with everything, you just have to know
    a few simple tricks to make reassembly so much easier. :supergrin:
  19. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

    May 3, 2008