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New Colt 1911 WWI Repro on the way

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Cobra64, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    Ordered this Colt WWI Reproduction O1918 today, and it should arrive some time next week. :)

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    A faithful reproduction of the WWI Model 1911 U.S. Military sidearm, this vintage limited run of only 4,000 units is an accurate design after the early 1918 “Black Army”. During the US involvement of WWI, the finishing process was sped up to account for war efforts, and the standard Carbonia Blue finish was then changed to an almost black finish.

    Throughout American History, Colt's weapons have given American Servicemen the ability and confidence to succeed in combat. As the Colt Walker and Peacemaker revolvers contributed immeasurably to American success in past conflicts, Colt's 1911 pistols and their descendents were in the hands of confident, WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam Era Servicemen.

    In recognition of the contribution of the Colt .45, Colt reproduces it in detail, including packaging. Each O1918 “Black Army” will be shipped with an original WWI style screwdriver, a vintage ordnance manual, and Colt’s original craft-styled packaging.

    FEATURES
    - Reproduction based on the original 1911 blueprints
    - Series 70 firing system
    - Original rollmarks and inspector marks
    - 5" barrel with wide hood
    - Smooth, straight mainspring housing with lanyard loop
    - WWI-style manual thumb and grip safety
    - Tapered blade front sight
    - Black Oxide finish
    - Forged knurled slide stop
    - Knurled thumb safety and magazine catch
    - WWI-style screwdriver and original manual included
    - Two 7-round magazines

    Colt link: http://www.coltsmfg.com/products-c5-q50-COLT_PISTOLS.aspx








    Review was done here: http://www.m1911.org/ezine/ColtO1918.htm
     
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  2. bac1023

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    Congrats Cobra!

    Once you have it for a while, send it in to a custom smith, like Yost. :supergrin:


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  3. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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  4. itsgottabeapit

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    very nice, and it comes with a WWI style screwdriver! Lucky.
     
  5. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    Thanks Bac.

    Definitely Yost or someone like him to "smooth the rough edges" while still maintaining the integral look of the original. Given these accuracy results (shown below) from the article in 1911.org, this pistol needs some accuracy work (and I'm not talking about a Les Baer 1.5" at 50 yards guarantee). :)


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    So what say you 1911 guys out there?
     
  6. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    Thanks wrenchbndr. :) The serial number on the one I have on order is 3946, so it's after the recall batch, and near the end of the 4,000 production run. I'll post pics and a brief range report after it shows up and I get to the range with factory ammo.
     
  7. Rinspeed

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    Nice choice Mark, look forward to some pics and a report.
     
  8. DPris

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    Turnbull says they'll remove the cutting edges & properly refinish for $300.
    Denis
     
  9. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    Thanks Jeff.

    When it shows up, I'll give it a Hoppe's bath, shoot pics and then shoot some factory hardball.

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    :)
     
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  10. the iceman

    the iceman Proud Veteran CLM

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    I've been seriously considering a Colt Reproduction. I don't know why but it strikes me as one of the most beautiful 1911's I have ever seen.
     
  11. G36_Me

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    Congrats. I love mine. I did have to send it back to Colt for the recall fix (and had them do a trigger job on it at the same time, even tho the trigger was just fine.)

    Since folks are offering suggestions for you, I might as well put in my 2 cents:
    The gun is awesome in every way, why send it to a smith and have them screw with it. I bought the gun 'cause of the look, feel and dare I say, nostalgic authenticity. Notice in the picture the guy has stippled the grip, why? I wouldn't. As to the group size, good enough. Hell, I can't see the sights anyway, so why have the internals dressed up. My internals are just fine. I even carry mine, which caused one guy to say: oh my, you're going to get holster wear; so what!!

    Just pulled mine out of the safe and am staring at it; its beautiful just the way it is.

    edit: I even love the fact it bites me when I shoot it. I also wouldn't change that for the world.

    edit 2: all my comments still apply, but I have the 1911 WW1 replica.
     
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  12. G36_Me

    G36_Me

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    not sure what a four digit serial number is:
    my serial number is: ####AAA four numbers and 3 alphas.

    geez; I'm stupid; now I have to edit my previous post.
     
  13. xx78

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    Very nice. I would love to have one too.
     
  14. bac1023

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    They certainly are. :)
     
  15. DPris

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    I have an original 1918 & the repro 1918. There's a huge difference in how Colt used to finish the edges on their 1911s & how they do not finish them now.
    I bought the repro because I wanted a shootable example of the original military issue pistol in as close to its purest form as possible.
    Colt did a great job overall, but there are enough dangerously sharp edges on the thing to make it a non-shooter for me, until those get addressed it sits in the vault where it can't cut my hands or tear up my leather.

    Everybody has their preferences, and that Yost pistol is beautiful, but I want mine to maintain its "as issued" form as much as possible. I have other 1911s that have been customized for regular carry. It'll eventually go off to Turnbull, and after it comes back home it'll be used.

    Denis
     
  16. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    I hear ya. :)

    As Bac knows, I've wanted a nostalgic Colt 1911 for quite some time; but I got "distracted" with my custom Valor and a Performance Center .38 Super. Now that I'm back into reality, the WWI retro seems to be a realistic solution.
     
  17. bac1023

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    :cool:

    Well, they were great distractions. ;)


    The Colt should fit the bill well and I think you'll love it. :)
     
  18. RetailNinja

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    Guuuuuuuuuuuuu you're going to cost me a buttload of cash if you keep posting that gun....