1918 Colt, Opinion/Value?

Discussion in 'Collector's Corner' started by FrankG, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. FrankG

    FrankG Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jun 24, 2018
    First off this is not mine, posting for a buddy. Looking for the expert opinions on what he has and any thoughts on appx value? Number dates to 1918...looks to be pretty legit...thoughts please...

    Thanks
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  2. Greg Derr

    Greg Derr Custom Pistolsmith Supporting Addict Sponsor

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    Oct 3, 2011
    1918 was a very large production year, this looks good although the arched MSH is not correct for that year. Also the grip safety looks to be longer, maybe for an A1 model. on the wholesale market maybe 1K.
     
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  3. Razer

    Razer On The Razers Edge Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Jul 1, 2012
    I'm wondering what else isn't original. Have you checked the stamps on the internals?
     
  4. FrankG

    FrankG Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jun 24, 2018
    Sorry don't have access to the pistol..sort of a long distance helping a friend out...I'll have him strip it to view the stamps...thanks..
     
  5. Razer

    Razer On The Razers Edge Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Jul 1, 2012
    Hard to ballpark a value without that type of information.
     
  6. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2016
    It has a short trigger as well, not original to a 1918.
     
  7. Lakeman45

    Lakeman45 Active Member

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    May 15, 2017
    Slide is earlier than frame, has 1911A1 short trigger, mainspring housing, and grip safety. Has been refinished rounding off the slide serrations.
     
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  8. Jim w.

    Jim w. Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2016
    I had a coworker WWII vet who took the family WWI 1911 off to war. He had A1 parts installed to suit his grip. It would have looked just like this one. So I consider it at least potentially authentic, even though not original. Can't guess a dollar value.
     
  9. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Yup, yup, and yup . . . ^^^

    To a collector looking for a nice m1911, this would be a parts gun at maybe $700 - $800 depending upon close inspection of the grips and barrel.

    To a guy looking for his first m1911 as shooter, maybe $1K, $1.2K tops.
     

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