School me on "United States Property" marked 1911's

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by bw210, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. bw210

    bw210 Active Member

    Aug 23, 2011
    I have decided that I want to part with a few 1911's and acquire a "United States property" marked wartime era 1911. I know very little about what and how many were, issued, arsenal refurbished, what serials were actual war time issue, etc. Just know I want to change up my 1911's a bit.

    The metallurgy and heat treating are very much different today, so I was possibly leaning to a RIA refurb or Colt reproduction? so I can indeed shoot it

    I am looking to spend/trade around $1000 - $1200 if possible. Being able to shoot is is a must... I can't afford or desire a show piece or something that has been rebuilt dozens of times needing constant attention... just a piece of 1911 history that I can shoot. I would prefer a Springfield. I do know that these were very limited in years contracted. I know most likely it will be a Colt, Reminington Rand or other combination.

    Any help in steering me the right way would be appreciated.
  2. Chris

    Chris YOU ****!!!! Supporting Addict

    Aug 17, 2011

    The link above has a bunch of information about the older ones. a correct one would likely be out of your budget. You might be able to find a "mix and match" gun in that price range. If you're just looking for the markings, I would go the repro route.

    The repro's pop up on gunbroker all of the time, but the prices aren't usually good. If you keep digging around, you can probably find a decent deal on one.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2011

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