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Postby rnflightmedic » Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:48 pm

I have a dilemma. I've always wanted a Colt 1911. Probably Series 70. Also want an AR 15. I can only afford 1 right now, but I'm undecided. Have a Ruger P97 .45 and a Glock 23. Any suggestions?
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Postby gunnutz » Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:52 pm

Try a rock island GI, rn, you may have enough change left over for somthing else! I have six. Only missing one modle, the 1911 tactical. Warranty is great. My .38 super wasn't ejecting properly, called up armscor, sent it back, with in a couple of weeks it was back. I called them back and said "what did you guys do with my pistol, it looks like a (and fires) like a new gun" the rep said "no matter what the complaint is we go through the entire pistol". Just for the hell of it I've sent 4 more back! I have a Kimber .22 conversion kit on my R.I. GI, shoots like a champ.
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Postby beltbuckle » Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:15 am

No offence gunnutz but I respectfully lean the other way. IMO There are differences between low tier and top tier 1911's, arguably mostly with fit and finish but its hard to argue the difference in how they handle but I'm not blind to the fact that it all comes down to personal preference and that plenty of people either don't notice these differences or don't care. To each their own.



I say this jokingly: If there wasn't a difference why in the world would anyone buy anything but a Taurus 1911, they come with all the bells and whistles already and are considerably cheaper than most!



I don't know what your budget allows rnflightmedic but it's my recommendation to get the best weapon be it the 1911 or AR that you can afford. A colt series 70 would be a great choice, an 80's series is as well. All new 1911's are basically the 80 series as they all have the firing pin block so don't let that sway you away. A Springfield operator loaded is another good choice. Have you decided on a barrel length?
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Postby gunnutz » Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:20 am

I hear what you are saying beltbuckle, thats why I also have colts, sigs and Brownings. I think Taurus makes a great gun!
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Postby rnflightmedic » Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:49 am

16" barrel. I'm with you on buying the best I can afford. If I go AR, I'm gonna get the best platform I can afford, for 1,000 or less. That way, I'll have something to work with. But I'm sorta new to the AR, and there are so many options, it's kinda hard to wade thru all the technical data and decide what's best for my situation.
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Postby kep4321 » Wed May 26, 2010 9:40 am

Looking for a little help with something. I have a friend who recently inhereted a 1911 .45 from his grandfather when he passed away. The slide is clearly marked "Colt's PT F.A. MFG CO. Hartford, CT U.S.A." It also has patent markings on the slide ranging from 1897 thru 1913.



The frame has two marks on it that I cannot identify. The initials "R.A.E." are stamped just in front of the slide stop (left side). On the right side of the frame just above the trigger it is stamped "NOT ENGLISH MAKE". The serial number is in the "06800" range which appears to be very low.



Can anyone help me date this pistol or dig up any information on it? From what I have read on this I think that it dates prior to 1925. It's tough because so many of these pistols have been rebuilt over the years and the slide may not be the same one that was delivered with the frame originally.
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Postby beltbuckle » Wed May 26, 2010 12:16 pm

Does it say somthing like this:?





COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. USA



PATD APR. 20, 1897,SEPT. 9, 1902,DEC. 19, 1905,FEB. 14, 1911,AUG. 19, 1913."
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Postby kep4321 » Wed May 26, 2010 12:26 pm

That's exactly what it says.
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Postby beltbuckle » Wed May 26, 2010 1:48 pm

How about on the right side of the slide? and in what places are the serials?
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Postby kep4321 » Thu May 27, 2010 8:18 am

It says "Colt Automatic Calibre 45" on the right side of the slide. Also on the right side of the slide the engraving is hard to read but looks like the engraving immediately after "Colt Automatic 45" says something like "AL A DIX" and with a magnifying glass it says "London" directly below that. That London marking makes me wonder about the other mark just above the trigger that I mentioned before that says "NOT ENGLISH MAKE" on the frame. Was this gun exported to England at some point?



The serial number on the frame is just above the trigger on the right side of the frame to the left of the place you press out the slide stop to field strip.



in that spot it says "GOVERNMENT MODEL" and has the "06800" series s/n directly under it.
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