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Post by uthornsfan » Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:34 pm

Some of you might have read my thread about looking for a WWII 1911. I don't normally brag about my firearms or even post what I have, but this one is kind of special.

Well I found what I wanted with a price I wanted to pay.
Model of 1911 US Army, made in 1917. When I saw it I knew it was the one, it had the right amount of wear and condition that I expected in a 100 year old war horse. I wasn't planning on getting one of this vintage but I couldn't be happier.

She was a bit dirty but I cleaned her right up. No rust or pitting just wear. She has definitely been shot given the amount of oil and crud, especially in the original magazine. It might have had some of France still in it. Barrel is in good condition but is not 100% original. Given the markings and stamps, the barrel is from the batch right after my serial number range so still period correct but from 1918.

Everything else appears to be all original and it has never gon through any official arsenal Rebuilds.

Off to shoot it tomorrow for our 4th celebrations!
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Post by eyedoc » Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:09 pm

If only they could tell their story.

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Post by AndyC » Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:49 pm

Very cool indeed!
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Post by flechero » Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:46 am

That is special- I might have gotten goose bumps from the pic! :lol:

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Post by RPBrown » Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:28 am

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Post by oljames3 » Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:55 am

I carried an M1911A1 in the 1st Cavalry Division, but yours has some real history. :patriot:
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Post by puma guy » Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:59 am

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Post by C-dub » Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:49 pm

That is a great find and acquisition. :drool:

WWII? Might even be from WWI! Could have been to France twice.
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Post by AF-Odin » Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:54 pm

Very nice addition to the collection. Have you fired it yet? Have it checked out and use light to moderate loads. My vintage 1911 loves to be fired occasionally.
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Post by The Annoyed Man » Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:36 am

AF-Odin wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:54 pm
Very nice addition to the collection. Have you fired it yet? Have it checked out and use light to moderate loads. My vintage 1911 loves to be fired occasionally.
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Post by uthornsfan » Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:50 am

I shot it sparingly yesterday, functioned flawlessly.

TAM thanks for the advice, I will pick up some of the buffers and a new spring.


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Post by uthornsfan » Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:51 am

C-dub wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:49 pm
That is a great find and acquisition. :drool:

WWII? Might even be from WWI! Could have been to France twice.
100% from WWI, I don't think it served in WWII as there are no arsenal marks or rebuild stamps.

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