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My friend has a un touched 308xxx serial 1911, it was handed down. He stated that he believes the gun is supposed to be labeled as destroyed but he has it. Where can I find information to bring back to him to see how much the gun is worth. He's thinking of either just leaving it as is or doing a restore on it. He's not sure which way it's worth more. It's got some wear as it was in battle. He is planning on keeping the pistol as it's family heritage. Any links appreciated.
 

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What battle and what martial use is documented?

What battle and what martial use is documented?

It should be obvious that a strong historical interest can make any particular pistol quite valuable indeed. In that case of course restoration is almost certain to destroy not add value. An oddball documented issue or rare make (which I take it yours is not, not likely by the serial, I would assume you meant to say Colt but I don't know that?) or lots of things not in evidence would make a big difference. The serial given can be checked against dates in the family history - you can do that yourself. Original magazine(s)? Two tone?

On the other hand there was a time generic bringback souvenirs were maybe $20 more or less. As the price of new guns has climbed the price of used guns has crept up but hardly more than kept pace. Generic old guns are not a treasure of infinite value.

A nice restoration will likely make the gun more valuable but also likely not enough more valuable to pay for the restoration.

Mods should put this into USGI where I trust you have read at length about the experience of others.
 

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I'll try to get more information from the owner of the gun, as well as get some pics. It's a colt and sorry missed the usgi forum so I'm hoping a mod will move it.
 
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