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1911a1 restoration

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I have a 1911A1 with a Remington Rand upper, Colt lower. Circa 1943. Very nice rack grade from the CMP. Would a complete restoration improve the value? Would it hurt the collectability? Your thoughts please.(i don’t need any trolls, thank you.)
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They're only original once!

Since you bought it thru the CMP, there is most likely FOIA traceability, and the CMP would show it as R-R/Colt hybrid. And if the Colt frame is in the ser.no. range that also numbered slides, you would need to match the original slide. Otherwise, it would not add any value, and in fact, lower it if poorly done.
 

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I was thinking about getting a second slide that was fully hardened so I can safely shoot it. I wouldn’t think that would be a problem.
What do you think?
If you use a fresh 16.5lb recoil spring, and perhaps a quality shok-buffer (Wilson), I wouldn't worry about shooting or breakage. I have a Rem-Rand slide on a Springfield Inc. frame with the items I mentioned, and have no qualms about shooting it. I've even used it in a few service pistol matches.
 
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