I would be careful shooting an original 1911 Navy or any early 1911. I have an early Navy slide that is cracked in two places!!!!!!jimcruiser03 said:Ouch! I was hoping to find one cheaper than that. I am planning on shooting it sometimes. Even a reblue would be fine with me.
Risky is probably to strong a word. Cracking was a problem with the early slides, so one of the fixes was to increase the radius of the front and rear of the ejection port. Colt began to harden the front of the slides of the Govt. Models in the 1920's if memory serves, and the M1911A1's when military production resumed in 1937. They began to harden the area around the slide stop notch in about 1943 or 1944, I think....jimcruiser03 said:There was one on Auction Arms that has not got any bids during two consecutive auctions. It has a 1918 Army frame and the pictures suck. What would be a fair price for one like that? Is it risky to shoot any of the old 45's?