Buying a 1911 without a box

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by fallenangelhim, Dec 24, 2019.

  1. fallenangelhim

    fallenangelhim chicken wings

    Jan 18, 2018
    What is everyone’s opinion on buying a 1911 without the original box? Especially on older production guns?

    Asking from everyone’s perspective, not just collectors.

    It’s one of my weird pet peeves. Does it bother you?
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  2. JRK1990

    JRK1990 Well-Known Member

    Jan 2, 2019
    I am that way now with every gun. I don't really know why, but I like to get the original box and original stuff that came with the gun. I have found if I decide to resell it not having that stuff hurts the value on the market.

  3. Riflecrank

    Riflecrank Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2019
    I guess it depends. Ultimately, if it’s important to you, that’s all that matters. In my case, if I were a collector, which I am would be a bigger deal. If I were a shooter, which I am....if it comes in great condition, has good sights, good trigger, functions reliably and shoots lights out, I probably won’t care about the original box.
  4. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    I like to get the original “goodies” like the box and papers when possible - but it’s likely not going to be a deal-breaker for me.
  5. ReaperCustom45

    ReaperCustom45 Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2019
    You're supposed to get a box?
  6. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    The original box is a plus. Especially on the older Colts. But certainly not a requirement, as my guns are primarily well worn, reliable shooters.
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  7. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    It's nice to have but I don't worry too much about them, especially with older guns. Not a deal breaker, that's for sure.
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  8. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    A box is a box.
    I bought a Springer Pro without a box/case or paperwork. Those bits just end up taking up space anyway. Collectors will devalue the item with missing pieces though.
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  9. azpoolguy

    azpoolguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2013
    Not an issue for me unless you a buying the pistol as a collector.
  10. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    Doesn't bother me.
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  11. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    I keep all my Baer boxes, they're the best.
  12. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    I hope they merge these threads so I don't have to keep posting in both of them.:confused:
  13. dougwtx

    dougwtx Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Sep 8, 2011
    The box and all factory stuff including the plastic bag whether an older model or current, is a big plus for me but that is probably due to my OCD.
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  14. bnaples

    bnaples Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2013
    I do not concern myself with the box. I actually have a stack of them I was gonna throw out. I do want the gun rug if it comes with guncrafter, nighthawk, STI, but colt boxes just make a mess of my garage.
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  15. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2016
    I couldn't care less about the box and don't get me started on the ****ing locks.
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  16. Au Jus in Bello

    Au Jus in Bello Well-Known Member

    May 19, 2017
    I like to get everything the gun shipped with, but if it's the right gun at the right price, that's all that actually matters to me.
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  17. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    I mostly buy the Gun however things like holsters, ammo, & stuff makes it more interesting,
    but no not worried about the box.
  18. jaypap

    jaypap Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2019
    I went to the dump one day and found what I thought was a bunch of guns. Turned out to be only boxes. So someone out there doesn't care.
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  19. Lou1

    Lou1 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 1, 2018
    For me it depends on the gun. With lower end stuff I don’t worry about while with higher end items I want the original box/container. I trade a lot and not having the box tends to hurt the value on the more expensive guns.
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  20. LPRoad

    LPRoad Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 16, 2015
    If I'm buying a shooter and don't care about resale (which accounts for 99.9% of my gun purchases) I could care less about boxes and papers.
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