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Military Surplus 1911 Value

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by FLA-SandMan, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. FLA-SandMan

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    I have a Military Surplus 1911 I got from my dad - not sure if it's a WWII or Korean war surplus and I will never sell it, but was wondering how would I go about finding out what it's worth. It's in very good condition, and shoots great.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks
     
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  2. Nickpisp

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    Can't tell much without some pictures.

    The USGI section on 1911 forum is the best place for info on those.
     


  3. tango44

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    No one can tell if we don't see pics please.
     
  4. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

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    That's like asking how much is an old car worth. :dunno:
     
  5. Hokie1911

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    If you are never going to sell it....what difference does it make what is worth? :dunno:
     
  6. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

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    Uh Insurance reasons????
     
  7. Hokie1911

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    Ahhhhhh.
     
  8. FLA-SandMan

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    If you read my post, I didn't ask what it was worth, I asked how I can go about finding out what it's worth. :wow:

    I was hoping someone could tell me what to look for in determining it's age - maybe by the serial number or something like that.

    The reasons are both for insurance purposes and, if it's not really worth anything, I might someday decided to make some modifications to it.
     
  9. Hokie1911

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    I think Jeff's point was without specifics and/or pics.....that would be the equivalent of guessing. If you can post some pics, there are some extremely knowledgable guys here that can give you an idea of it's value.
     
  10. FLA-SandMan

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    Here are a couple of pictures.

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  11. jrs93accord

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    That is definitely a keeper. I am not sure what kind of value to place on it, but they are very scarce. This is the first picture I have seen of a Colt/ Springfield 1911. These were early production guns. I believe they were produced somewhere around 1914. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
     
  12. Nickpisp

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    Hard to tell without a serial number. It's been refinished and has a newer trigger so I wouldn't think it's worth all that much.
     
  13. dnuggett

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    Based on what I've seen I'd ballpark it at $1000 depending on condition (hard to tell from the pics). Edited to note the refinish and trigger work.

    ~$2500 if it's all original and not refinished- again depending on condition.

    I'm on an iPhone so the finer details are harder to pick out.
     
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  14. tango44

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    I don't think that is worth $2500, but a 1911 can tell for sure!
     
  15. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

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    We would need the sn to track down the date of manufacture. The frame has no markings from the photos you posted so they were either removed, it is a so-called 'lunchbox' 1911 frame (very rare) or it is commercial frame.
     
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  16. FLA-SandMan

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    The S/N is just above the trigger on the right side, but not shown in the picture. The number is 168831
     
  17. jrs93accord

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    That is in the early 1917 Colt range.
     
  18. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

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    Sweet pistol and easy & inexpensive to 'restore' back to it's former glory. Or just shoot the hell out of it and enjoy!
     
  19. Nickpisp

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    Is it really OD green or does the pic just make it look that way?