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whats a ww2 era colt 1911 worth

Found one at a local estate auction this weekend. Going to go check it out. I want to make sure i dont overpay.

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i'd like to own it.value unknown though.

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Lots of factors go into play. Could be $600-$5000 depending on what it is.

Is it just a ww2 "Era" or is it a USGI.
Does it have original grips?
Has it ever been refinished?

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Im not even sure if itll be a old gun. Im just assuming since its an estate auction and it states colt .45 govt model c. I contacted the owner and hope to hear from him. To see if im wasteing my time or not.

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its worth bidding on.hell you may get lucky.keep us informed

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Well the owner gave me a ring and gave me the sn. c220727. He purchased it at an estate auction himself along time ago.

It has the box/and manuals with it. Sounds like i might need to go bid on it.

If anyone can tell me what my cut off limit should be please post up.

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If that serial # is correct, that is a war-time production 1911A1 made some time between 1942 and 1946. It's exact date and use is going to be a little murky. My best guess would be late 1943.

The C model designated two things: It is .45ACP and it was made for commercial sale and not US government use. However during WWII all pistols were used for war production regardless of serial #.

"C" model pistols tended to be used to fulfill foreign contracts and were shipped to our Allies (England, Canada, Australia, etc) in the Lend-Lease program. Some were also available for domestic civillian use such as Police depts, some security comapnies, and Civil Defense. This could be one of those or a Lend-Lease send back.

Anyway don't shoot this pistol without getting thoroughly checked out by a gunsmith. Quality control during those years was pretty shoddy. if it went bang, it went out the door.

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The way he made it sound that its in perfect shape. The last time he shot it was last year.

We will see, It would be awesome to get it for a song. I doubt it tho. The only thing i have going for me is the paper printed the wrong day for the auction.

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The way he made it sound that its in perfect shape. The last time he shot it was last year.

We will see, It would be awesome to get it for a song. I doubt it tho. The only thing i have going for me is the paper printed the wrong day for the auction.
Make sure it is all orginal and not a bunch of pieced together parts. Slide should match the frame. Since it is not a GI model it won't command a premium price. A pristine "C' should bring $1,000+ , a beat up shooter @ $500-$600
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Id love to bid on it myself

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My Dad has my Grandfathers Colt 1911 that was built in 1914. It's an original Colt 1911 not a 1911A1. Finish is not perfect by any means....I wonder what it is worth today? I would never sell it when it becomes mine, just curious on value...

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