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Hi guys...new to the forum and I have a quick question. I have a stainless 1911A1 with the NM serial number. I understand that means it was assembled here in the US, but does that mean it's more valuable? I'm thinking of trading it and the dealer gave me a price of $550. Is that reasonable? Thanks in advance!

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Here we go again...
 

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Thanks Quack! It's a basic model that I bought new back in the early 90's for $450...I still actually have the receipt in the box LOL. I was looking at a used 4" Kimber. When it comes down to it, I really don't want to get rid of the Springer, I was just looking for a second opinion on the price I was quoted by the dealer.

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kgrimm86,

I'm with you...time marches on, new people with different experiences and opinions join and sometimes you just want more or experiences that might be fresh...you might want to post a pic of your basic 1911A1 as I think $550 might be a bit high...thinking you might have something more than perhaps you know???...

anyway...good luck with your choice and welcome...ask whatever questions you like...people who get tired of this question or that can just not click on the thread or move on...

by the way...if you're seeking feedback...take it from someone who sold his Springer twice and bought it back (so I bought mine 3 times :D)...don't sell it...you may regret it...;)

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Here we go again! Just kidding, I can't help being a wise @$$. I will second keeping your SA. You have the base gun (frame and slide) for any customization that strikes your fancy. I have heard only complimentary things about the slide and frame for building a custom 1911. Why trade that away? I got a stainless Milspec for SD. I would buy another in a heartbeat to modify into a target gun or convert to 10mm for the trail.
 

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I've got an old style (barrel bushing) stainless Champion with an NM serial number that's got maybe 500 rounds through her. She's my Bar-B-Q gun.
 

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I particularly like the one that says "NM" means that it has "National Match pins and fasteners".
 

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How much do you use the springer? is it a safe queen or regular range gun? i personally would keep the springer. But if you don't use it much and you're looking for something different sell it. Someone else will hopefully buy it and treat it well and feed it regularly., :)
 

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Thanks for all the info guys. I carry the gun daily which is why I wanted a compact 1911a1. I've decided to just keep this one and buy the other one...one can never have too many guns, right LOL
 

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Thanks for all the info guys. I carry the gun daily which is why I wanted a compact 1911a1. I've decided to just keep this one and buy the other one...one can never have too many guns, right LOL
kgrimm86,

I think you made the right decision in keeping it. I too have a SA similar to yours. I think back in the day SA called it " Standard " which equates to todays " Mil-Spec " as there were no GI Model back then. Mine has the blocky frame and brushed blued finish. My gun is serial numbered " NM 145xxx ".

I've been comparing it to my other 1911s and that old Springfield seems to have a " harder " steel. Seems to be thicker in all dimensions almost similar in weight and looks to the PRO model.
 

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I have a Milspec and a Star PD. I don't find the size that much of a difference regarding concealability, but the weight difference is considerable espescially if you wear it all day. The Star PD was one of the first factory chopped 1911 with an aluminum frame. It was made to be carried more than shot but it has a trigger that would make a target gun envious, gobbles everything it is fed and shoots where I point it. The full size gun is still more reassuring in my hand. It is good to have both types.
 

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The NM prefix doesn't mean it's more valuable, but they probably are a little more sought after. Some people prefer them because there's felt to be a difference in quality compared to regular N models.

That said, you might be able to get a little more for it from someone specifically seeking a NM model.

I'd hold on to it though if I were you. I have a NM and a N model Mil Spec and love them both.
 

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Hi guys...new to the forum and I have a quick question. I have a stainless 1911A1 with the NM serial number. I understand that means it was assembled here in the US, but does that mean it's more valuable? I'm thinking of trading it and the dealer gave me a price of $550. Is that reasonable? Thanks in advance!

Kevin

Kevin,

I believe that's is a good price based on the prices in California. I just bought one and paid a bigger price than you did since taxes are much higher that all of you guys.

As far as the "NM" designation is I can't say but I do know that all SA's are put together in this country. The basic forgings are done in Brazil and imported into the USA.

You have a fantastic pistol and suggest you stick with it.


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Kevin,

I believe that's is a good price based on the prices in California. I just bought one and paid a bigger price than you did since taxes are much higher that all of you guys.

As far as the "NM" designation is I can't say but I do know that all SA's are put together in this country. The basic forgings are done in Brazil and imported into the USA.

You have a fantastic pistol and suggest you stick with it.


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only the one's that don't say Imbel, Brasil might be put together in the USA...
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It means it was assembled by virgins during a national match.
 
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