Just got final approval on parkerized process for the re intro of the WWII service pistol. The Polishing starts in the morning on the first 50 guns. I should have a picture to post in about three or 4 weeks. Trust me gang you will love em
WooHoo!! Alright! Can't wait to see it. Where are you dsk? You readin' this? I want one of these first 50 Mark655, please tell me there is a way for some of us here on 1911forum to get our hands on some of the first ones. If its possible. Thanks for the update.
Ten years and another Colt 1911A1. But this time called the 1911A1 and not the 1991A1. If its as good or better than the 1991A1 none of us will be disappointed. Lets see maybe i'll have one by 2002 used.
Not trying to sound like a party-pooper here, but I also have doubts that it will consist 100% of all-machined parts. Tell us it's so, Mark! Oh, by the way, if it is indeed true then you know what the next step should be? Make a recreation of a 1930's National Match!
I just saw a 1937 National Match on gusamerica for $7500. I want one but I also want a new truck. Geez how could this elusive first real target pistol be recreated. I know it would be a Gold Cup but cost $7000.
Anthony and Dane, you may be right about some cast or MIM parts. But this is 2001, and "modern methods" drive out the old, finer methods, as sure as death and taxes, sadly enough due to "shareholder value". Reality, my friends.
The difference is, I've haven't heard of any Colt failures caused by their choice of parts. I have personnally SEEN lots of failed Kimber slide stops and safety locks due to poor MIM process. Kimber originated "cheaper parts" in production handguns. Just like Wal-Mart and Costco, as soon as someone can make something cheaper and make more profit, it forces the rest of an industry to cheapen itself or go out of business. So don't kick Colt too hard. It wasn't their idea - it was a necessary competitive response to Kimber. Besides - be thankful, it makes work for gunsmiths, replacing all those parts with machined steel!
As for me, I look forward to anything new from Hartford - even if it is 60 years old!
Warmly, Col. Colt
I'd take one of these new 1911A1's with the MIM parts at $950 over the the old 1911A's for $1500-$2500. At this price, which is comparable with some of the other Colts and Kimbers, a guy could actually afford to shoot it.
I am very disappointed to say the new 1911A1 has been shot dead. The gun and or guns were begining a parade out of the plant. When a shot which I personally think were from more than one gunman rang out. The Colt or Colts were launched forward in the convertable Lexus. And lubricating gun oil spilled. I again say the new 1911A1 is dead. And this is a tragedy of misconcieved proportions.
For all those interested.....
I'm told Colt is having a problem with obtaining and or manufacturing certain parts with the appropriate checkering that appeared on the original guns. Still, it would be nice to have a new 1911A1 with the original Colt rollmarks .