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Old January 9th, 2017, 03:18 PM   #31
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Yes, hard to tell from the pics, it was common for frames & slides to get mixed up if a few were being cleaned or worked on at the same time, or if it went thru arsenal rebuild, parts would get broken down, gauged and the good parts assembled as mix-masters. Finding one that's 100% is tough, at the factory it was customary to serial # the slide to the frame behind the firing pin retainer, finding a matching one is the holy grail.

Far as value I recently saw one in a pawn shop for North of 2K that I took an interest in, it was clean and being presented as WW2 "Vet Owned", upon closer inspection and doing some research nothing about it was correct, Colt WW2 frame was about it, later commercial Colt slide & barrel, no arsenal rebuild stamps on the off chance they had used commercial parts, needless to say it was a mix-master someone had cobbled together, pawnbroker was not pleased when I told him it was worth about $6-800 to me at best and only because it looked good.
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To be fair , there were some commercial production Colt slides thrown into the military production line.

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Old January 9th, 2017, 03:50 PM   #32
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it is a Ithaca frame with a colt slide,that gun was not issued that way.
it is a mix master now . what is the barrel stamping on it ?
the mags look legit,mag pouch is from ww1

at best it is worth about 1200 with proper barrel

nice 1911A1 anyway you look at it 1944 build date

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Old January 9th, 2017, 04:05 PM   #33
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Love to find an all matching one, but, scarce as hen's teeth & $$$$...
I have one that should be all matching if that was how it was initially assembled in WW II. It belonged to my father and was "lost" in the Pacific Ocean more than 70 years ago. I still occasionally shoot it but think that the accuracy leaves something to be desired when compared with a modern 45. I will take a look next time I tear down the 1911.

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I have one that should be all matching if that was how it was initially assembled in WW II. It belonged to my father and was "lost" in the Pacific Ocean more than 70 years ago. I still occasionally shoot it but think that the accuracy leaves something to be desired when compared with a modern 45. I will take a look next time I tear down the 1911.

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My opinion: it is worth a fortune!

On the market, nice WWII pistols are in the $1,000 range +/- 200 or more depending.

In your case, you have the provenance that your grandfather brought it back. If you have any documentation on his war service, that adds to the value and desirability.

There are lots of WWII pistols that no one knows anything about. Finding one where you know who carried it is something that brings goose bumps to me, and I would pay extra for that history.

Personally, I would never sell it unless you needed the money. But it is a piece of family history, and I would keep that pistol as a memory of your grandfather.

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There's a very high % of finish left on that 1911A1. Looks to be only carried or left in his foot locker. 99% of the combat duty 1911's have that scratch from sloppy slide release take down.

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