I have a WW1 Colt "Model of 1911 U.S. Army" that my late Father purchased from a friend of his widow about 30 years ago. The serial number is 159699. I spent 5 years in the military and 6 years as a cop so I have some experience with weapons. That said the bluing looks original and is in excellent condition for it's age with just a little discoloration around the end of the slide. Everything looks original and his friend's widow said it belonged to her late husband grandfather? I'm just curious what it's worth?
Early 1917 production. I can't tell from the pics if it is original finish or not - it almost looks too perfect and shiny to be 96 year old Colt matte blue, but I'll trust ya on that one
It all looks correct to me, except I don't know what the stamp on the front of the trigger guard is on the left side. The barrel should be marked H P oriented correctly when viewed through the ejection port with the pistol pointing straight up (correct with H on top or P on top).
If all original and correct, you're looking at around $4k.
Thanks for the eye candy!
Thanks Kerry!! I checked and I can see the "H" when I look through the ejector port. As for the stamp I'm attaching a new picture. It's small but it appears to be the letters "GHS" in a circle?? No idea what that means? $4k would be amazing as I remember my dad paying $200 for it 30 years ago and my mom wanting to kick his butt for spending that much money!
Just pass this info along to your bride so next time you spend a couple hundred you can tell her "it's an investment babe"!
That stamp is correct - it is the final inspection stamp by Major Gilbert H. Stewart and it is on all Colts circa sn 101,500 - 230,000.
What I was asking about is the mark on the front of the trigger guard on the left side...I can't really see it in the pics, but it looks like a stamp of some sort - maybe just a photo trick.
If that finish is original, you definitely have a desirable and collectible Colt. Take very good care of her - look up long term storage tips on the net if you need to...but with proper care she should look that good in another 40 years and the value will do nothing but go up.
Thanks again Kerry! Just a photo trick as there is no mark or stamp. Storage....so what you're saying is that I should do something other than the zip up pistol case it's been in on the closet shelf for the past 30 years??
Based on what you've told me I'm feeling pretty bad for never cleaning it for the past 30 years as well! I really appreciate you're help and will do the research on taking proper care of it moving forward.
Could you help me value a gun that my deceased husband inherited from his grandfather? It is a 1911 Model Colt, made in 1917 and issued to his grandfather in 1918. It has the original holster, canvas belt with a leather US, and two clips. It also has the discharge letter from the government.
I think someone who collects guns would like this one. It looks like new and has been stored all this time. I have no idea how much is it worth and how to sell it. I live in Illinois.
Thanks for your help.
Hi Linda....Kerry is not with us for 3 years now. Please fully register and post clear photos...only way to correctly evaluate your 1911. there are many factors that only an expert can tell you....
Also you have tagged on to an old string...when you register simply make a new string with the photos....
I can split it off but then you would not be able to find it again...so best to start fresh once you fully register..you are now only a guest....when you register your name will appear in red.
So did you fully register your contact info???
It keeps telling me that the username/password is taken. I tried several so not sure how to get in.
Well try a new name etc....it should not be so complicated You need to start fresh anyway...you need a new sting title...you have piggy backed on another and will be lost as reference
Everything related to computers is complicated to me. I did finally get logged on and posted in four posts to get the pictures to load but did not see your advice to rename until after I posted. Can you see the new post or do I have to do this all over again?
No it worked...but now you are all over the place..you can add all these photos on to one...now I have to delete some to get you into one