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Gentlemen:

I was thinking about purchasing a simple mil-spec 1911 to add to the stable. When I visited my dealer last night, I discovered that he had a decent Colt 1991A1 in the display case. The tag was marked "as new". When I questioned as to this reference, I was told that the original owner had brought it in for a trade and had indicated that he had never used it. The clerk I was talking to indicated that the gun appeared to have been fired, but I did not notice any markings on the barrel that would indicate extensive use. In short, it appeared to have maybe a mag or two through it.

My question centers around the fact that it was an "old" rollmarked 1991. While I have read much on the NRM, I was wondering if there is anything to look out for, i.e. faulty parts, in the ORM version. The slide to frame fit is very, very loose, but I don't doubt that was intentional. Otherwise, the gun looked and felt fine. The asking price was $475.

A recent post asked for opinions comparing a NRM 1991A1 and a Springfield Mil-Spec. Since the dealer has one of these as well, I guess my question is really what is better, the ORM 1991 or the Springer? Any advice is, as always, appreciated.
 

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ORM, no questions asked! I had a springfield loaded, which i thought i was buying an American made 1911. When i found out that it was made by Brazil, i sold it and bought a Kimber which i have 2. The ORM are really nice, and if i see one for a price like that i would get it!
 

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tvolk01, I've been very satisfied with my old big ugly roll mark matte finish 1991A1 5" model. It is reliable with various and sundry magazines and as accurate as I am. It feeds a variety of ammo with no problems.

I'm not really up to date on prices, but what he's asking doesn't seem all that bad to me.
 

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SamColtFan Go with the Colt ORM. Offer him $450 and see what he says.
I ran into a similar deal here in SACTO. I found a used ORM in pretty good condition with the brown box; paperwork and mags. It was listed in the case for $500 and I got it for $450. Not a big deal but I think any Colt 1911 in as good as shape as the one I bought is well worth $500 or more. RB :D
 

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roboshred said:
I ran into a similar deal here in SACTO. I found a used ORM in pretty good condition with the brown box; paperwork and mags. It was listed in the case for $500 and I got it for $450. Not a big deal but I think any Colt 1911 in as good as shape as the one I bought is well worth $500 or more. RB :D
Yep, anytime you can find a nice looking, unaltered Colt 1911 for less than $500 you're doing good in my book.

Regards,
Sam
 
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