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We have a wealth of great photos posted here , but they're not easily retrieved (scattered all over) . Much could be learned if we have a complete photo thread in an easy to find location .

Please feel free to post your photos & descriptions of your (GI only) 1911 / 1911A1 pistols .

I'm hoping to get good participation . I'll sticky it if we do . Thanks .

Enjoy :)

ps: I found this old thread , but many photos don't show anymore .
http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=50461&highlight=photo+thread
 

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1943 USGI Colt - all correct and unaltered -


Back in the late 1980"s I picked up this Colt for $200 and I feel it was one
of my better investments.:D
 

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This picture shows how the finishing process changed directions (I hope someone can chime in and give a more correct explanation on that) as doing such left a noticeable difference in appearance just below the trigger guard on the front of the grip strap.
Mine's the same way, with two-direction brush marks. I'll post a photo in a minute. (That's no explanation, but I'm sure someone will come along and provide information. My U.S. M1917 Colt has a similar finish, BTW.) That pistol of yours is in beautiful condition.





Here's the rig.




The Colt was shipped November, 1917, SN196xxx. The Warren holster and Mills belt and pouch are all dated 1918. The lanyard has the 1917 patent stamp.

JT
 

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I bought this 1911A1 about a decade or so ago. The shop that it came from was a gunsmith shop. The smith there said he didn't know who did the work on it, but that "it was done right".
Now I know this is a mod'd 1911 but it started out as a USGI 1911. Complete with proof marks including G.H.D. (there appears to be another character inbetween the H and the D but it may have been a first attempt at the D character).
The gun has a NM bbl, bushing and slide, but the NM numbers don't match. The most intriquing thing about this gun is the revolver sight milled into the slide. I haven't seen another example of this. Anyone else?
Any other comments from the more knowledgeable 1911 fans out there?






 

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NM Numbers

Those are parts numbers, so the barrel will not have the same number as the bushing, and the slide will not match either one. On some Springfield Armory NM pistols the bushing, barrel, and slide were serial numbered to the frame, but this was in addition to the parts numbers.
 

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Freddo's gun and mine Colt No 940987 have the same "41" inspector mark on the right side trigger guard.

:rock:

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Excellent !

Looking good guys . Keep'em coming :cool:

Thanks
 

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Freddo,

It was once fairly popular to install S&W revolver sights on automatics.
That one is in what is known as the "protected position" with the sight leaf at the location of the stock fixed sight. The main advantage to the gunsmith was that he didn't have to fill the dovetail as he would to put the sight at the rear of the slide. But that was common, too. Armand Swenson did a lot that way.
 

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Jim,
Thanks for that great info. I had no idea who put the S&W sights on or why. Course I never bothered to ask "on the net" before, and figured, after browsing a few gun sites, THIS site was the one to ask. Besides, gave me a chance to show off my 1911.
AND to look at all the original-dress 1911s and A1s and drool... Now I want to get one of these "original" 1911A1s. :p

Jim Watson said:
Freddo,

It was once fairly popular to install S&W revolver sights on automatics.
That one is in what is known as the "protected position" with the sight leaf at the location of the stock fixed sight. The main advantage to the gunsmith was that he didn't have to fill the dovetail as he would to put the sight at the rear of the slide. But that was common, too. Armand Swenson did a lot that way.
 

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Here's my 1944 Remington

I traded a friend my Bushmaster V-Match AR-15 for it. His idea. It is totally original and most of the wear came from the holster it came with.
 

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1943 Ithaca with Slide Markings

1943 Ithaca shipped to Rock Island Arsenal 9/24/43 in a shipment of 2000 guns. I also have copies of the documents. It's almost brand new.
 

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Ok...I'll play...this is not one of my nicest, but it might be my rarest.... I guess old #55 is near, and dear, because we were both born in Canada. :)








 

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Oldcanuck, you're giving me a heart attack! A genuine North American Arms 1911.
I wonder how many are "out there"... not many left I'm sure.
 

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kwill said:
I have 38 known NAA survivors on my list, including one consecutive to yours.
Outstanding.... where did you get it, and how could I get a copy.... I would really appreciate that info, as it's pretty obvious your info is more current to mine.....

Thanks,
Bob
 
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