I have a M1911A1 that I brought back from Vietnam. Slide is a Colt replacement (7790314 stamp), frame is Remington Rand (Serial NO). It was rebuilt at the Augusta Arsenal (AA stamp). I mixed and matched parts to get tighter slide and smaller groups in country.
What's it worth?
A quaility arsenal rebuild is increasing in value as the original models get priced too high for most folks to buy. If you used arsenal parts to get a good fit and they are all arsenal refurbished then you probably have a pistol worth $800 to $1200 depending on condition.
Please define 'original models'.
m1911/1911A1's that have a high collector value have the original factory finish and the correct parts (barrel, magazine, etc.) They get really pricey when they have a high percentage of the original finish still intact and/or are rare versions.
Pistols that were previously issued to military personnel were sent to arsenals to be refurbished. They were stripped, cleaned, refinished and put back together. Since all parts from various mfg's were interchangeable, there was no effort made to match the parts when putting them back together.
Many of these pistols were sold to the public when no longer needed by the military. The majority of pistols out there on the market are either arsenal rebuilds or guns that folks have pieced together themselves. They aren't original (meaning the finish isn't factory original) or correct (meaning the parts on them aren't from the correct period and/or mfg for the DOM of the gun).
A nice arsenal rebuild (one that was refurbished and not re-issued, so it's in "new" condition) is collectible on it's own, with values usually fetching $1000 - $1200. Arsenal rebuilds in "used" condition range in value from around $600 to $1000.
Thanks for the great explanation.
My model is parkerized (was this supposed to protect aginst rusting?) and shows normal wear and tear for it's age. Were any of these blued for military issue ?
For the most part, all WWI pistols were blued, all WWII pistols were parkerized. Arsenals parkerized when they refurbished pistols.