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Just bought 1971 Colt Automatic .25 did i do good?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by MSims, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. MSims

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    Well I just bought this 1971 Colt automatic .25 from this guy for $220... It looked really clean came with 1 magazine... Dont know much history of it only was told that they made it from 1957 to 1973 and in 1968 they banned importation from spain that was originally making them which was called Colt Junior and from 1971 to 1973 Colt resumed makin them in Connecticut... Any other information would be nice =)

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  2. bac1023

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  3. MSims

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    What you guys think about carrying it? Wanna carry as a back up to my 45... I heard there was a recall how do i know if maybe it was sent back and takin care of... Has anybody carried this piece...
     
  4. G26AZ

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    I love blued steel and wood grips - good looking pistol! But with the new crop of .32 and .380's out there for about the same size and in many cases lighter in weight, I think I'd look at one of them as a back-up to my .45 rather than a .25 auto. Just my two cents worth . . . .
     
  5. MSims

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    Well here is my friends Kel-tec P32 next to his colt .25 with aftermarket grips... And I thought the Kel tec .380 was small then when i saw the P32 i was like thats small... But damn loook how small the Colt .25 is compared to the .32

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  6. TENWHEELER

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    I just picked up the twin to yours in .22 short. It's in mint condition complete with presentation box and warranty card showing purchase on Aug 16, 1967. Thought about carrying mine as backup as well. Let me know how it handles if you do?


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  7. MSims

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    Show pics... And well they are twins but yours was made in spain for colt since they stopped makin them in 1968 before the ban... Mine was made in 1971 when they lifted the Ban and was not made in spain anymore but in the US... Yours should say Colt junior which you see mine doesnt... How much did you pay for it?
     
  8. TENWHEELER

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    Paid $250 for mine and will post pics later.

    Much more accurate than I imagined a gun of that size to be...


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  9. Snaps

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    it's on my list of guns to have, that's a pretty good price too. If you ever wanna sell it lemme know ;)
     
  10. MSims

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    So i got an offer for $550... sell it or keep it? Its becoming a safe queen and doesnt see use... Do you see it going up in value next 10 to 20 years or i should sell?
     
  11. faawrenchbndr

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    I would keep it,.......very sweet piece of rarely seen history!
     
  12. MSims

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    I have doubts keeping it or selling it only cause i ran into a pawn broker that looked at it and thinks it was re blued and said its only worth $250 and i asked him how he knows and he says from expierence...
     
  13. brisk21

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    Very cool! Id definately pay $220 for that gun!!
     
  14. august1410

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    The Colt Junior is also the Astra Cub. You might find more to read on the Astra Cub. Hope this helps with the history.

    It's a neat little gun....I have never come across one, personally. A buddy of mine has an original Colt .25 from the 20s, and it's really fun to shoot.
     
  15. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    I don't think it has been reblued.......
    Look at the roll marks, they are normally raised on one side.
    This is from the roller that actually produces the markings.
    It's a very easy way to tell if the slide flats have been polished.
    Looking at your pics, it appears that the roll marks are original.

    Sounds like the pawn broker is either a dumb azz, or was trying to
    low ball you into a price. DO NOT take guns to pawn shops!
    If you are looking for an appraisal, check with an auction house
    or gunsmiths. Not Cabeleas, Gander Mountain,.....but a small
    mom & pop gun shop. Ask them about appraisal, do not mention
    you are thinking of selling