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I wish I had enough smarts about old Colts. I'd like to have a 100+ year old one that is correct, and not be bothered by condition per se.
 

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I'm not sayin that isn't the real deal... however I've heard there are
lots of fakes out there, and I don't know enough to spot one...

This one looks awful good though.
 

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Is it normal that the slide and frame appear to be in better shape than the grips?
 
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Well, aside from the trigger, my 2-cents says the rear sight looks like a replacement (repo), the magazine sure isn't correct, and the hammer looks modified.

I suppose some of this could be due to the quality and angle of the pics themselves, which is why a hands-on inspection is the only real way to vet the gun. And that's assuming you know what to look for.

Here's my all-original 1918 Colt and the three 'Type 4' mags (i.e., two-tone w/o lanyard loop) that came with it. Mine was examined by a WW1 Colt expert and 1911 collector.

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Thanks for posting. Buying an old military sure appears to be daunting. I would have thought that was all ok. Good looking gun though


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