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6 years ago #1
pjlindquist
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I inherited a Colt 45 pistol - US Army model 1909 - SN 47585 on bottom of handle. It was my great grandfathers so would have been in use around early 1900's. Anyone have an estimate of its value. Thanks

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6 years ago #2
kim32321
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hi pj,
check out this site,
http://www.gunsamerica.com/Search.aspx?T=colt%2080% 20series

your pistol would warrant a hands on professional appraisal, the value could be considerable.

Kim

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6 years ago #3
trouble2uron
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$12,000.00

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5 years ago #4
tebeasleysr
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looking for all colt model 1909 45 cal. pistols

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5 years ago #5
sike
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my uncle has one for sale

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4 years ago #6
serious
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$12,000 for what?

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4 years ago #7
jj
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how much he want for it

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4 years ago #8
sike
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He is asking for 8000. He is open to any offer of course.

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4 years ago #9
serious
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$.60

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4 years ago #10
JP@AK
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pjlindquist wrote:
I inherited a Colt 45 pistol - US Army model 1909 - SN 47585 on bottom of handle.


Dear PJ
According to Rick Sapp's definitive Standard Catalog of Colt Firearms, Colt's Manufacturing only made 18,000 of the original U.S. Army Model of 1909. There were also limited runs of USMC and USN versions. The basic New Service heavy frame revolver, of course, was made until the time of the Second World War. Early Army models are very collectible.
There should be a lanyard loop on the bottom of the grip and the model designation and serial number will straddle this.
Sapp gives an approximate value for one in excellent condition of $3,500. The Book of Modern Gun Values gives a value of about $1,500, which is probably low. If you are considering selling it, I strongly advise you to get an appraisal from a qualified expert on Colt's firearms before you set a price. Depending on condition and authenticity, you could have a valuable collector's piece.
You might be interested to know that the current issue of Handloader (February 2011) has a nice article on your gun. I just happened to read it last night.
Best regards,
JP
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4 years ago #11
Bill
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I have a Colt 1909 Revolver. Belongs to a friend who asked me to get more info.

The butt is marked "US Army Model 1909" and the serial number is 31806.

It has been plated with some kind of matte silver colored metal that has flaked off in several areas, notably the front of the cylinder and barrel tip. Possibly from holstering and re-holstering the weapon.

The metal underneath appears to be nickel. VERY shiny, looks like chrome. There is no rust.

Barrel marked "Colt D.A. .45" on the side and "United States Property" on the bottom of the barrel, just above the ejector rod. Letters "RAD" on the right side of the frame, just below where hammer sits in full cocked position. No other markings outside.

The grips are mother of pearl, somewhat loose.

Lanyard loop is missing.

All of these I see on the internet are blue. I wonder if the plating was some kind of protective material? Added later? An unusual factory addition?

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4 years ago #12
JP@AK
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Bill
Any after market refinishing will harm the collector's value of the gun.
That said, you should have it looked at by an qualified appraiser.
See my comments to the other query, above.
JP

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4 years ago #13
Dollar Bill
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JP@AK wrote:
Bill
Any after market refinishing will harm the collector's value of the gun.
That said, you should have it looked at by an qualified appraiser.
See my comments to the other query, above.
JP


JP,
I collect antique weapons and agree that "Any aftermarket refinishing will harm the value of the gun." Refinishing is certainly not my goal.

My main collecting venue is south Philippine swords and armor, and some various Indonesian weapons. The most I ever do is to stop active rust. To me, every mark, ding and scrape tells a story, a history.

However I was not familiar with this Colt revolver. weapon. All the pictures I could find were with blue finish.

I was curious if the matte silver was factory or aftermarket, by the Factory or someone else. In talking with a friend who knows these guns, he said that the matte finish was "not uncommon" on the nickel US Army 1909 pistols and this was done, by US Army armorers to "reduce reflection and glare."

I did look for the February 2011 edition of Handloader, withe the article on this gun. Could you please tells me how I might find it?
Kind regards,
Bill
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4 years ago #14
JP@AK
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Dollar Bill wrote:
I did look for the February 2011 edition of Handloader, withe the article on this gun. Could you please tells me how I might find it?
Kind regards,
Bill

Hi Bill
Send me a PM with your mailing address and I will mail you a copy.
JP
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4 years ago #15
Kickapoo Kid
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How does one find a certified Colt appraiser? And, how much do they cost?

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4 years ago #16
kcbuck
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Check with your local Gun Shop. They'll know the gun appraisers in your area and can recommend the good ones....

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4 years ago #17
sike
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Is anyone interested in purshasing a 1909 colt 45?
accepting reasonable offers. <email>

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3 years ago #18
Luke W. Bourke
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Years ago I saw one at a Gun Show for $275.00. It had the RAC (Raul A. Cavosos) stamp on it a inspector for the US Army during that time. Wish I had Bought it, I know It is worth a lot more now. The Hard thimg about that weapon is the clips that hold the .45 ACP rounds in the cylinder.
Luke W. Bourke

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3 years ago #19
lopez j.
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so u cant us that weapon without the clps?????????

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3 years ago #20
JP@AK
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lopez j. wrote:
so u cant us that weapon without the clps?????????

Hello Lopez

If the revolver is chambered for the .45 ACP, there are two options: use half-moon (or the later full moon) clips or use .45 Auto Rim ammunition. In the S&W Model 1917, the cartridge actually headspaces on the rim of the cartridge. But extracting the empty brass is very difficult if they were not loaded into the cylinder using the clips. That is why the military ordered millions of half-moon clips to go along with the Colt's and Smith & Wesson revolvers that they bought during the Great War.

That said, I'm not sure what the earlier poster was referring to, because the Colt's U.S. Army Model of 1909 was chambered for the .45 Colt - a rimmed revolver round. The same gun was also chambered for the .45 ACP and 9 other rounds as well, but not the limited run Army version.

I hope this clears up your question for you.

Regards,
JP
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3 years ago #21
EEL
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Where can I find parts for the Colt 1909? Lock up on this one is not good. Grips needed too. Is it worth repairing if I can find the parts?

Thanks

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3 years ago #22
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Cartel wrote:
I got colt 45 for sale


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3 years ago #23
Coltman
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You guys are funny. And furthermore you know absolutly nothing about the Colt model 1909. The Colt model 1909 was originally chambered for the 45 Colt model of 1909 cartridge. This cartridge was simular to the 45 Long Colt. NOT the 45 ACP latter adapted to and for the model 1917. ALL 1909 Colt revolver where bright blue in finish and issued to the Army, USMC and a few for the Navy. Most went to the Phippines and where heavely used. Thus it is very hard to find one is NRA good condition these days. Anybody reading this had best not listen to the crack-pots on here and seek out professional help.

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3 years ago #24
Gordon
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I have an 1909 Colt 45 that my Dad left me. The bottom of the barell says "Untited States Property". The serial # on the bottom is 48694, it even has the initials R.A.O. on it. I even have bullets that read "REM UMC 45 COLT. 6 of them, what do I have? I don't want to sell it, it's sentimental, just wondering what it's worth.

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3 years ago #25
discover
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Should be high polish...only....if minty then at least 2000
Photos???

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3 years ago #26
Gordon
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3 years ago #27
discover
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Sorry gun has been refinsished and silvered...with new grips...shooter value is about 500...pretty...but no longer has collector value

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2 years ago #28
md
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Went to a sale last week and saw one sell for $810.00. I was really surprised. ms

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2 years ago #29
Marco942
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I have one $10,000.00

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2 years ago #30
Gunny
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I have one also. $9,000

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