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What are you thoughts on the Kimber USMC DET-1?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Substance-P, Jul 15, 2010.


  1. Substance-P

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    I wasn't really looking for one; however, I ran across one for sale. It is used from a Marine. Has the dawson rail and surefire. Marked US Military Property USMC with a serial of DET1-1XX.

    Does anyone have one? Any thoughts as a possible collector's item.

    Any feedback would great.
     

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  2. cdunn

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    get it,most likely you wont get the chance again
     

  3. Substance-P

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    I am thinking it might be a rare opportunity...but it ain't cheap:wow:
     
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    It looks like a Custom II with an insane price tag. ;)
     
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    if it is marked USMC property i would say its stolen. They dont get to keep their weapons after they leave the service.
     
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    Most guys do not get to keep their weapons, however the first 87 "war fighters' of DET-1 had the option to buy their weapon. They are very rare on the open market. I've read in a gun magazine (sorry can't find the article at the moment) that one was sold for a confirmed $5000. It is believed to be the first 1911 with USMC markings. --Rob
     
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    I had a few of the early DET-1 guns through my shop. Nothing special.
    Slight evidence of some greater than normal attention to detail on the
    assembly.
    The guns have indeed sold in the 5K range.
    There were a number of the later guns that were sold to the 'public' by
    Kimber. I remember being offered one for $1500 or so. I passed.
    The markings and history are pretty damn cool. 5K cool? Depends on how
    much $ you have.
     
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    It doesn't matter how good the quality is or what you think of Kimber. The DET-1 guns will be worth some serious money some day.
     
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    I read the same article, I believe it was in an issue of Combat Tactics, a Guns&Ammo magazine that comes out a couple times a year.
     
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    buy it. if i could find one used at a good price i would pick it up, sort of a commemorative of my usmc days. used just because i would have to shoot it, there are no safe queens.
     
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    As a former Marine (87-91) I would not pay that much for the markings, but I would agree as an investment it might be a pretty smart move.
     
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    Former Marine?? I get my ass chewed by my buddy who was in the Corps when I say "former Marine", or "Ex-Marine". He always corrects me and tells me there is not such thing as an ex-Marine, "once a Marine, always a Marine". lol
     
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    $5K for a Kimber? I don't care if the good lord himself was the gunsmith that built the thing and put his initials under the grips, I would have a serious tough time with that one. It is a cool conversation piece, though. Thank god I was issued a Sig P226 during my days in the Navy.....it is a whole lot cheaper to walk down nostalgia lane.
     
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    I once made the mistake of referring to a friend as a "former Marine"
    He squared me away rather quickly
     
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    For $5K I bet you could find one NIB, I've seen a couple listed on Gunbroker in the last year or so. The last one I seen didn't sell at $3500 but I can't remember if it had been fired or not. I guess a few of them went to Kimber execs. Dave Pennington who posts on a couple of the forums has three of them in his safe. :wow: Here's one that sold for $3800 NIB a couple years ago.




    http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=80183
     
  18. Ruggles

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    Yeah that is a common thought process in fact my dad still has it and he was in the Corps in the 1950s :)

    I really do not subscribe to it myself, I was discharged from active duty in Nov 1991 and from inactive reserve status 3 years latter so I consider myself a "former" Marine. I do not wear the Eagle, Globe & Anchor any longer so I prefer to save the title Marine for those who still do.

    I do belong to my local Marine Corps League (Det 982, Brazoria County, Texas) and most of the guys there do not use the term former so I am a loner I guess :)

    Now I do draw the line at someone calling me a Solider or saying I was in the Army! :)
     
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    I understand Ruggles,......I meant no disrespect.

    I did however, make the mistake of calling a Marine a GRUNT! :wow:
    Not a pretty sight,.......:dunno:
     
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    Oh none taken at all sir. :)

    Now when I was in Grunt was not a offensive term at all, in fact although I was an MOS 02 / Intel guy all of the MOS 03s Infantry guys called themselves Grunts as did everyone else. In fact my dad was an 03 (actually carried a WWII era "Bazooka") he refers to himself as a Grunt and me as a "Pogey Bait" Marine since I was not a Grunt :)