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Need HELP with Decision

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Pipedreamer, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. Pipedreamer

    Pipedreamer

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    I want to purchase a centennial 1911 in 2011 and I would like to purchase my first high end semi custom. I own a Colt and a Kimber and would like to upgrade. I have saved my money and am now ready to take the plunge. I am willing to spend between 2500 and 2600. I have narrowed it down to these choices lately;:dunno:

    1. Ed Brown Executive Elite centennial edition(the plain one)for 2500.

    or 2 guns:

    2. Colt ANV III centennial and used Baer Premier II for 2600.

    I would shoot them a lot and am interested in the centennials somewhat for investment (but understand they may not appreciate, I just like the 100th anniv. idea). What would you guys do? Other suggestions welcomed too. Thanks in advance for the help.
     
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  2. awpk03s

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    Personally, I don't think a centennial is going to be a paying investment. By all means, get a sweet 1911, but I'm not buying a centennial model because none of them match what I'm looking for in my current collection.
     


  3. Hokie1911

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    EB Centennial is like $2,300. :thumbsup:

    I wouldn't buy any semi-custom, especially the centennial from any maker as an investment. Just buy it because you dig it, then shoot the snot out of it.
     
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  4. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    I would find a nice vintage Colt 70 series and pick you're favorite smith to do some work on it. :)

    I have always liked the Brown Centennial though.
     
  5. rsxr22

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    Im sure the Centennials will one be an investment, but i dont think your going to make your first mil off of it. If you want some shooters and want to spend that money, get yourself a custom from EB, WC, NH, or LB
     
  6. samuse

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    Seems like commemoratives are hard to sell and bring less than a similar standard model...
     
  7. rsxr22

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    Did you see the Colt listing on GB???

    In unfired, new condition I have to disagree. We have 2 WC centennials on order. It carries a tag around the SG and we have already had offers for $6500, so im not sure how you came to your conclusion
     
  8. Pipedreamer

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    What? Im not looking at WC. Please clarify.
     
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  9. Pipedreamer

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    I tend to agree. Is 1500 a fair price for a barely used Premier II?
     
  10. rsxr22

    rsxr22

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    Im sorry I was responding to Samuse's post, but forgot to quote. My apologies for the confusion
     
  11. 20South

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    I like the Brown, I like the Wilson. I dont think you should think of it in terms of an investment that is going to appreciate very much in value. Especially if you plan on shooting it alot (and its not a limited run). I would say get what you think looks good and feels right to you - then enjoy owning it. That might mean ordering a semi-custom with all of the features you want in the centennial year. You could probably get an engraving on the back of the slide like 1 0 0 in lieu of your initials if your heart was set on commemoration. Then it truly could be a one of a kind.
     
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  12. rsxr22

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    sorry for the repost
     
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  13. RH45

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    Only if it's a 1 1/2" gun
     
  14. Rinspeed

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    Not a great price but fair, new they are running around $1700-1750 I believe.
     
  15. Rimcrew

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    I too was tempted to buy an EB EE Centennial, not for any collectors value but because I thought it to be the most tasteful of the standard centennial offerings. I got a price from John at 1911 Heaven, and it was very inexpensive compared to other folks quotes.

    John also sells a TON of Baers and during his sale last month one could order a PII 1.5" gun from him for right at $1600, IIRC.

    Give him a call. He is a great guy, and will be able to answer all your Brown or Baer questions. 208-772-2339
     
  16. Pipedreamer

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    Thanks for the help guys. I thimk I got my answer. Any more feedback appreciated. :wavey: