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    WHAT TO DO ?... 1918 Colt 1911

    Have you ever had a firearm you didn't know what direction to go in with... So you just put it away and never come up with a decision ?
    Well... That's the the situation I'm in with this Colt. I came by it a while ago in a deal I was extremely happy with. All I did to it was replace the aftermarket grips with reproduction ones.

    I pulled it out of the case yesterday and looked it over It was re-Armored sometime in the past at AA, But it looks like the Barrel, Grips and Magazine are the only things appearing to be not original to this pistol... The Serial Number is in the 44,800 range. But with that said, As you will see in the pictures. Somebody buffed the poo out of it and gave it a brilliant re-blue. which has partially compromised portions of the original markings and roll stamps.

    This old war horse shoots and feeds well,.. But I am in a quandary as to which way to proceed with this old Colt (or to proceed at all).. So, I'm asking you guys,Which direction would you go ?.... If I restore it, the cost might exceed the value of this piece... If I leave it as is,.. It's basically a shiny shooter...

    So,..... What do ya'all think guys ?











    Thanks for checking this out,.. Looking forward to your responses.
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    Well, the collector value of it is gone being heavily buffed and blued. I would leave it as is and enjoy it as a great shooter. I would be proud to own it, it's still a historical firearm.
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    I agree with Scott.

    I have a similar story about a German Luger brought back from WW2. All matching, good condition (with papers) except that the soldier had it chromed in Germany before he came home. I also have a rare Arisaka my father in law brought back, his wife had it chromed in the 50's as a birthday suprise.

    All these guns have a story even if it's sad for collectors. Gotta leave them be and enjoy them as they are.

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    shoot it and enjoy

    make a field gun kit up with period correct belt holster mag pouch and carry it when your kicking in the woods/flatlands

    sell it to me for a reasonable price
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    Agree with others, just leave it alone and enjoy it as is!
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    I actually have a number of others to shoot,. So for the time being, It's going to go back in the case. And I'll just leave it be....
    However I came up with a bit of a brain fart idea for it,But I'm going to have to think it over, I'll let you know if I proceed with it or not. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harms Way View Post
    I actually have a number of others to shoot,. So for the time being, It's going to go back in the case. And I'll just leave it be....
    However I came up with a bit of a brain fart idea for it,But I'm going to have to think it over, I'll let you know if I proceed with it or not. :-)
    Do tell...
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    It hasn't been bothering you up to now, so why let it start?
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