Question about a Collectable Colt 1911

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by RB, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I know we have some members who own firearms. I have a few but not current on values, especially for a weapon that will likely never be fired.

    Interested in original retail cost of the base weapon and likelyhood, if any, that it will at least hold the purchase value. If I buy it is not with resale being a major consideration.




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  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    you might check these sites: gunbroker.com and auctionarms.com. they would give current actual resales, if that item has been sold recently. It sounds pretty esoteric though. quick google showed that to be a price in the ballpark of several offerings.
    I've never gone for a commemorative. the temptation to shoot it would prove too great :) Somehow, I would be surprised if most of them retained their premiums unless you bought some old one with proven track record of being a good collectible.
     
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    It's a new offering so doubt there is any resale history. Question was what a Colt 1911 goes for. I would assume this is built from the base model. I sent an email to the commission asking what model is being used but haven't heard back yet. Knowing you can't shoot it hss to be accepted before mailing the check.
     
  4. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    a few months back I looked into those: they are not called 1911s anymore, but the new manufacture from colt is called series 80 1991. in the neighborhood of $890. IMO, a poor value. the springfield, and especially the kimber pro carry are all much better. I ended up not going with colt but with ed brown. one of my exesses, but a nice one.
     
  5. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Colt 1911 arent much of anything special now a days, as there are much better makers (Kimber, Nighthawk Custom, STI etc). A quick look at few sites colt 1911 are going for 650-800, so unless there is some amazing scroll/engraving and special inlays its a bit high.

    Personally I have a couple of Kimbers (for target and carry), and have a interest in a colt 1911. However it is from WW2 and has all the paperwork to prove its provenance.
     
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I think Battleship Texas is a worthy cause. I seriously doubt any artwork is true handwork on these Colts. If the ship isn't dry docked soon there may not be enough ship left to save.
     
  7. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    It's rare that any "commemorative" issue firearm in the last twenty years even retains the original sale value, let alone any appreciation.
     
  8. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Ill second that, part of the reason why I dont buy "commemorative" firearms for investment value but rather sentimental value IE Ruger and Henry special editions for the Boy Scouts.

    I will agree the Battleship Texas is a piece of history worth saving, and hope to make a trip for a hard hat tour later this year.
     
  9. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    eh, if it's in the category of donation, sounds like a good thing to do. I haven't seen a pic of it, but I imagine it's very pretty.
     
  10. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    These are the only two I can find

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