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Would i ruin my 1911?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by kiwi8488, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. kiwi8488


    Sep 6, 2009
    I just bought a frankienstein 1911. It has an essex frame, remington-rand slide, and colt barrel. Its not in great shape but its not abused either. I want to duracoat it or do some kind of weather proof coating. My question is "is this going to ruin a collectors piece?" should i sell it and but a cheaper 1911? If so whats a fair price on it? Thanks for all the help in advance and i know you 1911 guru's will steer me in the right direction.
  2. Brass Nazi

    Brass Nazi NO BRASS FOR U!

    Jul 4, 2005
    As far as I know a frankengun is not a collectors piece.

    You are scaring me by asking if you should sell it and buy a cheaper gun.

  3. kiwi8488


    Sep 6, 2009
    let me reword that. should i sell it and buy a more cost effective 1911? :supergrin:
  4. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    :rofl:good answer.
  5. walkin' trails

    walkin' trails

    Apr 24, 2005
    I can't think that it would have any significant collector's value, unless a Remington Rand slide is valuable to WWII/military collectors. Beyond that, I'd have a pistolsmith look it over and tell you what it needs and if its worth being brought up to date to be a shooter. If its basically sound and you decide to upgrade and refinish it a bit, the you have an interesting conversation piece.
  6. gconan


    May 1, 2000
    Congratulations! It has no collector value, unless built by a famous gunsmith. Have you shot the gun yet?
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2010
  7. GVFlyer

    GVFlyer Senior Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Somewhere in the air.
    I'm distressed that someone scuttled a Remington Rand 1911 to build that gun.
  8. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon

    -have you shot it yet?
    -does is operate well??
    -what shape is it in???
    -what pricepoint would you be buying a 'cheaper' 1911????
  9. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon
    I have built a 1911 starting with a customer provided Rem Ram slide. They used to be avail on ebay before the VT shooting.