Smith & Wesson SW1911 *seeking input*

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by TheCollector, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    I'm seeking input, information, advice or opinions. (civil in nature) Regarding a SW1911 I have.
    Here's my dilemma: Should I attempt to have the billboarding on the slide removed or not?
    It is a low round gun (less than 100) with an early S/N (167) when S&W first got into 1911's (so I'm told)
    I was also told that the first ones came out of their Performance Center and may have been assembled with some Wilson parts.
    I bought it for its condition and limited use and maybe its heritage.

    I'm open to any thoughts you may have about this. IMG_1756.jpg IMG_1757.jpg
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2018
  2. retrieverman

    retrieverman Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2013
    I’ve got one similar, and it’s been a great gun. Mine is 100% reliable with any ammo.
     
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  3. SparkyAZ

    SparkyAZ It is a dry heat, right... Supporting Addict

    Sep 11, 2012
    The early SW1911's were assembled by the Performance Center. How many is subject to many different opinions... If you feel yours is truly a "collectable" you should not alter it by removing the billboards. If it does not fall under that category, do what you will with it... JMHO and your results will vary.
     
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  4. Regalsc

    Regalsc Member

    59
    Jun 23, 2018
    I thought the first editions out of the pc had JMB serial#s.
     
  5. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    Any suggestions on where I might get history info about this S/N?
     
  6. Cousin Vinny

    Cousin Vinny Well-Known Member

    611
    Feb 24, 2015
    You could have it lettered through Roy Jinks, S&W
    Cousin Vinny
     
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  7. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    Smith and Wesson would confirm that for a nominal and provide documentation
     
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  8. Stentor

    Stentor NRA Life Member Supporting Addict

    590
    Sep 21, 2015
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  9. SparkyAZ

    SparkyAZ It is a dry heat, right... Supporting Addict

    Sep 11, 2012
    If you have the factory box for it there should be a product code on the box label for this pistol. If you do not have the box a Roy Jinks factory letter might reveal more information. I will take a look in my S&W digest and see what I can find...
     
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  10. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    found this comment:
    I thought the JRD and JRE prefix S/Ns were the early ones where some have said people from the Performance Center were training workers how to put them together. I have a JRE prefix Commander and it is very well put together.
     
  11. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    Thanks.... I have the original plastic case in the attic.... perhaps I should dig it out and see what, if any info is on it.
     
  12. SparkyAZ

    SparkyAZ It is a dry heat, right... Supporting Addict

    Sep 11, 2012
    First production run was "JRD" prefix released in 2003 after the Shot Show debut.
     
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  13. Dwe

    Dwe I'm a terminal 1911 Addict!

    Sep 4, 2011
    I have no knowledge Of early production models however
    I briefly owned on and it was a
    fairly accurate reliable gun.
    If it’s has collector value what would it be worth?
     
  14. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    Perhaps my JRE was pre-production release... calls for more research before any mods are started.
     
  15. Stentor

    Stentor NRA Life Member Supporting Addict

    590
    Sep 21, 2015
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  16. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    I guess whatever someone is willing to pay.... are you making an offer???? :happy::happy::happy:
     
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  17. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
  18. hks1911

    hks1911 Well-Known Member

    349
    Oct 7, 2018
    I have never really thought of S&W 1911s as collector guns, but I do love mine. My roll marks are super shallow and I have been really considering having them removed.
     
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  19. switchback

    switchback Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    That is a Wilson trigger on pistol in pic. Personally, I'd leave it alone, shoot if necessary, but believe you have others to shoot.
     
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  20. gun_fan111

    gun_fan111 Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2014
    I think you are right, but it only applies to PC models. Not production models built by PC.

    Great find OP, I have a few S&W 1911s and they are all nice. Congrats!
     
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