Should I sell my Colt Railgun for Les Baer TRS?

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Spurbitten, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Spurbitten

    Spurbitten Active Member

    May 3, 2017
    Guys, 1911's are expensive. I wish I can afford to own and shoot them ALL but unfortunately that's not the case for me. I'm always reading reviews of guys who love shooting their Baers. I own a beautiful (1913 version) Colt Railgun...I like it but don't love it. Even though it's a pretty accurate and reliable gun, I've been considering selling it to raise enough cash so I can afford a Baer TRS. I think, however, I could regret this decision...I mean It's a Colt, It's not easy to come by (especially here in CA) so I continue to hang on to it mainly for this reason but then again maybe I might like the Baer so much I'll never look back. Thoughts?
  2. NPV

    NPV Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Nov 15, 2017
    Keep the Colt, charge the Baer problem solved ;)

  3. colrhino

    colrhino Active Member

    Sep 2, 2013
    It depends. What do YOU want? The Colt is, of course, a great gun. So is the Baer. You said you didn’t “love” the Colt, so .... maybe it’s time to let it go, IF, and only if, you truly can’t afford both?

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  4. gun_fan111

    gun_fan111 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 23, 2014
    Sell it to a friend with first dibs on buying it back - problem solved
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  5. blitz45

    blitz45 Cogito ergo armatus sum Supporting Addict

    Nov 6, 2017
    I understand. With my current situation, I often have to sell a gun to fund a new one. I had a few guns that I "liked" but didn't quite "love." I was on the fence about selling them. I ultimately decided to so I could buy a Dan Wesson A2. When I picked the A2 up and worked the action for the first time, I knew I made the right decision.

    My two pennies; don't hang onto something that doesn't give you the warm fuzzies.
  6. Spurbitten

    Spurbitten Active Member

    May 3, 2017
    I think just by reading these three threads I really need to do is stop obsessing over the TRS and just chill until I’ve save up enough to buy one. I don’t know if any of you can relate to “gotta have it now”. Drool

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  7. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    Put a TRS on layaway, don’t sell the Colt in California, I’ve regretted every Colt I’ve let go in this state and only do it if there is no other option now

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  8. Raylan Givens

    Raylan Givens Never Forget Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2015
    I wouldn't sell a gun that is a challenge to replace for a gun I can buy any day of the week. If that's the case here. Take another week, let the adrenalin go away, and see where you are at that time. Find ways to save the money to purchase the Baer. It can be done.... just takes discipline.
  9. Sawgrass

    Sawgrass Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2011
    What Raylan said ^^^. First question when selling a gun is "How easily can it be replaced?"
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  10. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    In California one has to assume any gun you sell, can't be replaced. When it comes to Colts that is definitely true - off our state roster of approved handguns. Hold onto it for no other reason that it will only increase in value in this state
  11. WWB

    WWB Moderator Staff Member Moderator Supporting Addict

    Apr 11, 2015
    I would look at it as you can sell your Colt in CA for about same price you can buy the TRS and the TRS is the much nicer gun IMO. I would move the Colt and buy the TRS personally. Or another option is build the Colt how you want it is a great base gun.
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  12. blitz45

    blitz45 Cogito ergo armatus sum Supporting Addict

    Nov 6, 2017
    Oops, I completely overlooked the CA part.
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  13. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    Sadly the California part is a complete game changer, not in a good way, when it comes to guns
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  14. Spurbitten

    Spurbitten Active Member

    May 3, 2017
    This is true. I can pretty much sell my used Colt in the 1500 to 1700 range here in CA and get almost enough money to buy a new TRS and from what I’ve read the Les Baer is a better built gun that I might really love shooting.

    To love my Colt I have been playing with the idea of building it out the way I want as it is an excellent base gun. The estimates I’m getting back fall within 1500 to 1700 range. If I decide building it I will never sell it. I’ll never recoup what I put into it.

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  15. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    Send it to a top smith and you can shoot it for years and you may even get your money back, these days builds from Rogers, Garthwaite, Burton are demanding top dollar - no guarantee that they will be as popular in a decade or more but who cares if you get the gun you want and shoot the hell out of it?
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  16. Billy Rao

    Billy Rao Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Jan 4, 2018
    If your colt is selling at a premium due to availability in your state, I would keep it. The market is telling you something.
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  17. cgff

    cgff Active Member

    Aug 24, 2015
    Keep your colt, (Supply and demand). Pending what you wanted to accomplish build on your colt
    Trigger Work and a new barrel bushing add a lot, a bit further add a Premium Barrel.
    Know all about the gotta have. Drool.
    Take a deep breath, follow this thread for a few days.

    Here’s a quote from a poster in my thread on a SA-Pro.
    “If there is any doubt, there is no doubt”. Per member: Billy Rao
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  18. fallenangelhim

    fallenangelhim chicken wings

    Jan 18, 2018
    I have a Baer Custom Carry and am contemplating the Colt Commander. Let me tell you, nothing is like this Baer. I’ve owne Colts before and they look like they were built by frogs and walruses next to the Baer. Not that Colt is bad but the Baer has such finesse as never seen. Everything is tight. Tolerances are tight. You get a grain of sane in the rail and slide you will hear it being grinded to dust.

    Save up for the Baer. Carry the Colt.
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  19. IANative

    IANative Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2013
    1. Devise a plan for getting the F outa that state.
    2. Don't spend any money on the Colt- hold on to it until just before you leave, then sell at a premium as you walk out the door. Once you leave, you'll be able to buy any Colt you want at a reasonable price.
    3. In the meantime, start saving for the TRS.

    My 2¢
  20. Spurbitten

    Spurbitten Active Member

    May 3, 2017
    Damn! ...I want my gun to grind sand to dust. Doesn't make sense spending Baer money on something built by frogs. Sounds like i need to save up.
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