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Old 08-09-2004, 06:22 PM   #1
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Buying used

I have a question for 1911 smiths. I've been reading this forum and other sources quite a bit, and it appears that some models of Colt manufacture 1911 pistols are better for full-house rebuild than others. Further, of the desirable variants, some individual pistols are better than others. I think the 1950s and 60's Commercial 1911s are a good bet, mechanically and cosmetically. From a gunsmith's point of view, how do I avoid getting a bad, out of spec used pistol? What do I need to look out for?
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Old 08-10-2004, 02:44 AM   #2
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I think the biggest problem in selecting a Colt 1911 for a full house build up would be the slide to frame fit. Some Colts are really good, others are sloppy, but a gunsmith can tighten up a sloppy Colt. Another thing to watch out for are cracks and indications of abuse. Cracks occur most often around the edges of the ejection port, the junction of the recoil spring plug tunnel and the wall of the slide, at the junction of the dust cover and frame rails and around the slide stop pin hole. Cracked steel frames are rare, cracked slides encountered a little more often. Using only Colt frames and slides does make for a good base for a build up and will frequently command a higher resale price, assuming all the work is done correctly.

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