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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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Serious 1911 collectors are only interested in original-condition pistols. Restorations rarely ever rise above the level of a shooter-grade example. Exceptions are the rare guns like an early Colt Navy or a Singer. Having said that, it's your pistol so do whatever you want to it if it will improve the pride of ownership.
 

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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?
How much do you intend to shoot it? If only a box or two on occasion you're worrying about nothing. If you intend to put thousands of rounds a year through it then yes a hardened slide will be better, but you should keep the current slide just to preserve its current condition.
 
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