Oldest & Newest (to me)

Discussion in '1911 Photo Gallery' started by Dave T, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. Dave T

    Dave T New Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    I've had this GM longer than any others in the safe. It's not my first 1911, which I traded off years ago, but it's one of the best ones I've owned and it's every bit as reliable as Glocks claim to be (smile). This one was build around 1994 or so.
    It started life as a 1959 vintage Commercial Colt. I had the work done by a local smith where I lived then who was quite good. Frame is hard chromed and the barrel is a Nowlin. It first had a Novak rear but didn't shoot to point of aim. The MMC allowed me to adjust the POI without shortening the front sight.

    This next one is the newest in the safe, although it is older than any others. It is my birth year gun, shipped by Colt in 1948. I bought it fairly cheep as the finish was no more than 50% and the bare metal had some light pitting. I wanted something reflective of a 1950s or 1960s Hard Ball 45 and here is the finished product.
    A good friend and gun smith does his own fixed sights which I really like. I prefer flat MSHs and always liked the grooved front strap treatment of the Gold Cups. The firing components are from Harrison, including the trigger. The trigger breaks at a delightful 4.25# and it shoots WCC 42 Ball to the POA at 25 yards. Since it is intended as a Ball 45 I didn't have my smith bother with throating or polishing inside. Still it feeds H&G #68 cast bullets and 3 different makes of hollow points just like it feeds Ball.

    What a great, classic 45. Bet it holds up better as it gets older...than I do. (LOL)

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  2. Bodyarmorguy

    Bodyarmorguy Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    That is cool, thank you for sharing. The oldest one in my collection is a circa 1984'ish Colt Combat Government Model, Series 70, that I purchased second hand around 1986 or so. It started out all blue, then I had some work done on it, hardchromed the frame, reblued the slide. I sold it to a buddy with agreement that I had first right of refusal if he decided to sell. A few years later it was back in my possession. A few new drop in parts and then off to Colt for a re-roll marking of the slide and a factory reblue:


    It sat in the safe another year or so.......then off to Heirloom Precision for Jason Burton to work his magic:

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  3. thecableguy

    thecableguy I hate this addiction Supporting Addict

    Aug 16, 2011
    Awesome 1911s you guys have there. Thank you guys for sharing the pictures.
  4. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Very nice,........
  5. ravenkeeper98

    ravenkeeper98 Member

    Aug 24, 2011
    Nice pistols indeed.

    I have been kicking around the idea of sending off one of my Norincos off to a place like Heirloom someday for some TLC.
  6. Sir Guy

    Sir Guy Sharpening Ockham's Razor Supporting Addict

    Aug 20, 2011
    I really enjoy the old-school two-tones. :thumb:

  7. bac1023

    bac1023 1911 Collector Moderator

    Aug 15, 2011
  8. switchback

    switchback Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    Those are absolutely gorgeous pieces!!! I love my Colts and those pictures have me wanting to go shoot
  9. Jimhoag

    Jimhoag In Kentucky

    Jun 14, 2013
    My oldest is my Hoag built in 82 on a 77 gold cup IMG_8281975135032.jpeg
  10. 1911fanatic

    1911fanatic Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2011
    My oldest: ImageUploadedByTapatalk1408412450.357251.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1408412463.009089.jpg bought new in '99. I wish Colt's were still that cheap too.
  11. 1911fanatic

    1911fanatic Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2011
    And my newest got it new in 2011. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1408413779.616062.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1408413792.600424.jpg
  12. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    Very nice Colts, Gentlemen!

    Looking good!!
  13. 1911fanatic

    1911fanatic Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2011
    Thx. Love'm

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