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Old April 12, 2009, 04:24 PM   #1
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What the most expensive 1911?

I am just wondering how expensive a 1911 can get. What is the most expensive 1911 you have seen and how much was it (add photos of the weapon if you have them)?
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Old April 12, 2009, 04:53 PM   #2
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The one that i can't afford. They are all expensive . But all the bells and whistles cost extra.
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Old April 12, 2009, 05:11 PM   #3
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How expensive can one get?

Hard to say. There's likely always something you can do to drive up the price (engraving, etc.). But as far as custom guns, it seems that the prices level off once you get to around $2500; at that point you're getting about all the custom fitting, quality parts, and proper attention from a good gunsmith that a gun can honestly use. At that point you can get your pick of the Ed Brown, Springfield Custom, or most others on the market.
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Old April 12, 2009, 05:23 PM   #4
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I had some time with a Springfield Custom Loaded 1911. And other than the silky smooth trigger pull and break, it was a resound "meh" for a three thousand dollar gun.

expensive isnt always worth it.
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Old April 12, 2009, 05:42 PM   #5
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Depends on what you mean by that.

Semi custom guns are the most popular when it comes to expensive 1911's. Ed Brown, Wilson Combat, Nighthawk, Les Bear, Springfield Custom Shop, etc, all make very high quality semi custom guns. Almost all of them have accuracy guarantees and run in the $1500-$4000 range, depending on the features and finishes.

You can also have a master pistolsmith build you a custom 1911. This way you can get exactly what you want, and the guns themselves are true works of art. Prices vary by pistolsmith and depend on exactly how far you want to go, but they usually fall within the price range of the semi-customs.

Another route to go for expensive 1911's are the collector guns. Original Colts, both pre-war commercial and GI, in very good condition are worth a lot of money. The most expensive of these are the 500 or so guns produced by the Singer Sewing Machine Company during WWII. These guns are highly sought after, and very rarely will you see one for sale. The value of these is probably well over the $10,000 mark.

The last option I can think of are the custom race guns for use in IPSC and other competitions. Top level competitors usually have upwards of $10,000 in their guns, most of which don't even resemble typical 1911's. They are super high performance guns, but practically useless for anything other than competition.
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Old April 12, 2009, 05:51 PM   #6
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Check Wilson combat,Some listings for over $4,500
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Old April 12, 2009, 05:53 PM   #7
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the most expensive one I've seem was about 2,9something.
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Old April 12, 2009, 06:48 PM   #8
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WWII-era Singers are definitely the most valuable. I think one sold at auction for over $75,000. The most expensive modern customs I've seen are made by Morris Custom; I've handeld one that was made more than five years ago, and it cost $5000 then.
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Old April 12, 2009, 07:49 PM   #9
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The new Springfield NRA special edition is $5000 but it comes with a very unique add on...a special edition M1A!
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Old April 12, 2009, 08:00 PM   #10
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Perhaps I am wrong but I think I read some where of the 1905 luger 45, I think its U.S Army field trials sold or that its worths over a 1 million dollars.
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Old April 12, 2009, 08:08 PM   #11
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It's a luger .45 carbine with a wood stock, and yes, 1 million dollars.
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Old April 12, 2009, 09:13 PM   #12
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Thanks for the info. I wish I had one know.
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Old April 13, 2009, 02:22 AM   #13
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+1 Auto426: Singer 1911s are rare and expensive
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Old April 13, 2009, 03:31 AM   #14
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Expensive

This is the most Expensive that I have seen.

6500.00 Colt 1911
http://firinglineonline.com/detail.php?cat=5&id=413

They also have a 180,000.00 shotgun
http://firinglineonline.com/detail.php?cat=1&id=147
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Old April 13, 2009, 10:58 AM   #15
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+1 Auto426: Singer 1911s are rare and expensive
Of the 500 made in 1940, only 530 are thought to still exist.
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Old April 13, 2009, 12:43 PM   #16
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I have seen some of this guys' pistols go for many $$$$.

http://www.morriscustompistols.com/a...%20pistols.htm
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Old April 13, 2009, 01:07 PM   #17
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Of the 500 made in 1940, only 530 are thought to still exist.
I'm still doing the math on this one... doh!
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Old April 13, 2009, 02:00 PM   #18
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The most expensive Colts might include this this National Match Government Model, which fetched $12,000.00 + 15% buyer's premium at last September's RIA sale. And this one went for a whopping $17,000.00 + 15%.
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Old April 13, 2009, 03:31 PM   #19
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Some of what I see here is undoubtedly expensive...but it also seems that some of what I'm seeing expensive for the simple fact that a large price tag is put on the pistol

I could put my own 1911 up for sale with a price tag of 1 million dollars and that would certainly be expensive...whether or not it was worth the money is another matter

The most valuable 1911 I have ever seen maybe the unfired and as-new M1911A1 from mid-WWII I have seen photos of on another forum. It is in the same condition it was in when it was made, a truly stunning historical firearm
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Old April 13, 2009, 04:28 PM   #20
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I've held a complete custom build by a 1911 smith with a threaded barrel and can that went for $7,000. That's the highest price I've personally seen.
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Old April 13, 2009, 05:22 PM   #21
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The Accu-Lock 1911's start at $5,500 and go up to about $6,000

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