January 9th, 2017, 04:18 PM
Join Date: Aug 2004
Originally Posted by Gen Jack Ripper
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.
To be fair , there were some commercial production Colt slides thrown into the military production line.