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The other day I ran up to the a local gun store to pick up a can of powder and some primers and........I'm sure you all know the story. I get what I need and stop to peruse the used gun case and came home with this as well:





According to the various 1911 collector sites, this one was made in 1917. It has a WWII era replacement barrel but other than that it appears to be all original. The gun had a horrible set of homemade grips on it when I bought it so it is temporarily wearing a set of Kimber rubber grips until the Houge repro grips get here (backordered 10-12 wks). Most of the finish is long gone, but on the inside the majority of the bluing remains on the slide rails and feed ramp areas (carried alot, shot a little ?). I was able to get out to the range and fired 50rds of mixed Magtech and PMC ball through it. No malfunctions and I managed 15 yard 3" groups. It may be capable of better but it was cold and windy and those original 1911 sights are nearly impossible to see. I have wanted an original 1911 (shooter grade) for some time and I'm quite happy with this one. Thanks for listening.

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Awesome peice, KCII!!
I love those battle-scarred old weapons. They just seem to get better with age.
May I ask what your plans are with it?
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Spike,
Other than replacing the grips with the Hogue repros, I plan to leave it just as it is and shoot it occasionally.

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Outstanding. I hope you will post pictures when the new panels come in.
Repros? I take it "reproductions", just like the originals?
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Spike,
Yes, they are supposed to be reproductions of the original diamond pattern 1911 grips (in walnut, as were the originals). I'll post some pictures when I get them. According to Hogue, they are backordered for 10-12 wks.

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