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WWI Canadian Military issue

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by jrd22, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. jrd22

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    Hi, I'm not a collector and I need some opinions/advice. I'm pretty sure I know what I'm going to hear, but I need to hear it anyway. I have my grandfather's 1911 which he carried in Europe while with the Canadian Artillery. Original holster etc. I love shooting it, even though I'm not very accurate with it and that brings me to my question. I'm almost 62 and I'm having trouble focusing on the front sight of any pistol, and this one in particular because it's just a very thin fin. Would it be stupid to think about putting different sights on it (I shoot well (uh, better anyway) with Tri night sights)? I'm guessing it would ruin the value of the gun, both financially and more importantly to me (don't plan to ever sell it) the historical and sentimental value. So, what do you think, and thanks for advice. Sorry, don't have a pic to post.
     
  2. F106 Fan

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    I sure wouldn't change anything. The gun is a relic and an heirloom. Heck, I don't think I would even shoot it!

    There are plenty of 1911s around for shooting. I'm getting on in years and I too need help with the front sight. But my guns are just standard, everyday, weapons. That one you have is a collector's item.

    Richard
     


  3. Jim Watson

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    If it is a Canadian contract gun, it is quite valuable. Even if not, a real deal WW I issue is still worth a good deal of money.
    Changing the sights would turn it from a $2500 rarity to a $600 shooter.
    Better you should buy a RIA "imitation army surplus" to shoot and keep Grandpa's gun for posterity.
     
  4. TK-421

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    If you're having problems seeing the front sights, I think it's time to hang it up on the wall and get a different one. It's from WWI, I think it would be a travesty to change anything on it. I'll tell you what, I'll take it off your hands for free, so you don't have to see it sitting on a wall. :wavey:
     
  5. MajorD

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    I agree with above don't hack up a classic. The older 1911's did not have heat treated parts and can get damaged by too much shooting. I'd shoot a box of ball through it once a year and get a modern made beater for regular use.
     
  6. jrd22

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    Hey, thanks for the advice, and information. I didn't know they were rare, or valuable, figured there were probably lots of 'em laying around (where'd they all go?). Thanks for the heads up about the heat treating, maybe it's time to semi-retire it and only shoot on special occasions. So, sorta sounds like I'm in the market for a gun:)) Thanks guys, appreciate your thoughts.
     
  7. Baba Louie

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  8. jrd22

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    Baba - Thanks, very cool to know more about it! Mine is C11161, the last shipment in Nov. of 1914 according to the link you gave. It has Gramps name and home town (Guelph) engraved on the slide and a holster like the one in the pic.
     
  9. Road Dog

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    Wow please don't touch a thing on that beauty other than cleaning it and shooting it. Very nice. Pick up a Springer Mil Spec or some other maker's version instead and shoot it.

    RD
     
  10. Baba Louie

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    That is superb. Or those are superb. 1911, 2 tone magazine and holster.

    You should write down everything you know about Grandfathers service, unit, action, etc, gather any photos and keep them together. Provenance for your kids or grandkids and history sake.
     
  11. bowhunter1

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    Whoa don’t touch that puppy you have an extremely valuable collectable there. Time for that to be a safe queen.
     
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  12. ChiefWPD

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    And DON'T store it in the holster!!

    You're inviting rust and corrosion.

    Store the gun in a rag (an oily rag even better).

    Beautiful piece. Don't do a thing to it.
     
  13. TK-421

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    Definitely get into the market for a new gun. That one needs to be a safe queen, read up on how to properly store it. Take it out for very special occasions when you want to honor your grandfather. And like was mentioned, write down every single little thing you can about your grandfather, even if the detail seems lame and insignificant. Too often our history is not written down, stories are forgotten, treasures are lost. Well now here is your chance to do some good, keep that treasure, when your kids are old enough to understand the significance, promise them they'll keep it in the family, and that they will remember the story of your grandfather and they will pass it on. And that is why you write down the story now, while you still remember it. So that others may read it, and learn about the man he was.
     
  14. jrd22

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    I'm new to GT, and I've got to say there's a lot of great people here. Thanks for all the advice and compliments. The gun is going in the safe (not in the leather holster -thanks for that tip) after a thorough cleaning and will only be shot once in awhile when both my boys are around, and my grandson. Great idea to write everything down about Gramps, he never wanted to talk about the war, would just mumble something like "horrible war, really bad" and then clam up.
     
  15. TK-421

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    All the more reason to write down everything about him that you can. Your grandchildren should be proud of your grandfather, their great-great grandfather, and what he did to help out his country. Unfortunately, our youth today seems too busy with their electronics to even care about something that happened almost 100 years ago. So it might not be easy to get them to care about it. But hopefully they'll start caring as they get older.
     
  16. Berto

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    Your GP must have been one helluva man.
    Any modern Rock Island Arms of Springfield Armory Milspec would have much better sights, allow the use of good defensive Jacketed hollowpoint Ammo and give you a great shooting 1911 for not a ton of money.
    Definitely a cool collectible 1911 you have there.
     
  17. Baba Louie

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    Very nice

    I wouldn't do a thing to it, unless its just replacing springs.
     
  19. Baba Louie

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