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Old October 29, 2012, 07:26 AM   #1
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Dilemma!! Need Help on two 1911s!!

I have a dilemma. I have the chance to buy 2 Colt 1911s in .45acp, but only cash for one, so need your opinions quickly on which one you would buy if you were me. Here is the rundown:
(1) WWI Era 1911: (SN 4568xx) “US Army” and “United States Property”, Wood grips, 1 unmarked magazine, some pitting on slide.
(2) WWII Era 1911A1: (SN 8602xx) “US Army” and “United States Property”, Wood grips, Elliason rear adjustable target sight, Stippled front strap, 1 magazine.
Need to buy before someone else does, so please be speedy if possible. Already have an Argentine 1911 to shoot at range, so this new one is for collection and rarely for shooting. Posted this on a few other forums, as well. Thanks.
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Old October 29, 2012, 07:49 AM   #2
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Depending on price, I say the WWI issue. The WW2 has aftermarket sights, plus I myself really would like a WW1 issues in my collection.
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Old October 29, 2012, 08:00 AM   #3
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+1 WWI
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Old October 29, 2012, 08:02 AM   #4
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the WW1 era 1911
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Old October 29, 2012, 08:16 AM   #5
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Old October 29, 2012, 08:28 AM   #6
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The WWI for sure.
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Old October 29, 2012, 09:58 AM   #7
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You can't "unstipple" the front strap of the WWII one.
That means the gun is forever a non-orignal & will forever affect any collector value it may have.
Since it's going in your "collection",,,,,you'd probably want something more "collectable", right?
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Old October 29, 2012, 10:17 AM   #8
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WWI is wrong too, or has some incorrect parts.

trigger should be short, and flat msh.

as long as neither are asking collector prices you should be fine.

I agree, the WWI is more correct, but is not right either.

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Old October 29, 2012, 12:08 PM   #9
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WWI is wrong too, or has some incorrect parts.

trigger should be short, and flat msh.

as long as neither are asking collector prices you should be fine.

I agree, the WWI is more correct, but is not right either.
No, a WW1 M1911 should have a long trigger. The short trigger was on of the A1 changes.

The WW2 pistol, though, is a mixmaster. It's not just aftermarket sights, it's a replacement, commercial slide and the whole pistol appears to have been buffed and refinished. If you want something for the collection, get the WW1 and start searching for a flat, smooth mainspring housing.
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