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Old 08-12-2019, 06:22 PM
depolwatchco depolwatchco is offline
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Default Should I be disappointed?

I think I am a little disappointed with my field grade RNG 7668 (didn't have any service grade available when they called), what do you guys think? Can anyone tell me anything they may know that I haven't been able to figure out or if I'm wrong? I think it is a 1919 frame with a '50-'53 hardened slide? It looks like an original 1911, but looks like it has an A1 trigger? Honestly I think I am disappointed because I have seen other field grades in better condition or more complete, but open to seeing if anyone else could give me more information and maybe means this one has seen some action in its life.?? Thanks in advance.


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Old 08-12-2019, 06:54 PM
DBR63 DBR63 is online now
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Looks like a winner to me!
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Old 08-12-2019, 06:56 PM
Hanyabull Hanyabull is offline
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I think it's understandable to be disappointed.

Going off the photos on the forum, the Field Grade pistols contain diamonds in the rough.

Course, the reality is, most of the Field Grade pistols are probably just rough.

That said, if your pistol doesn't jam and shoots straight, it does exactly what it was built to do, for the soldier that carried it.

I wouldn't get too caught up in the minor details.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:01 PM
bodydenny bodydenny is offline
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Looks to me like one of the best possible combos between history and shootability. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:03 PM
COL Hal COL Hal is offline
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There are a lot of us waiting who would gladly take your "disappointment".
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:09 PM
depolwatchco depolwatchco is offline
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Originally Posted by COL Hal View Post
There are a lot of us waiting who would gladly take your "disappointment".
Absolutely understand and don't mean to sound like that at all, just a little jealous when I see other "complete" numbers matching original guns and the fact that they were asked "anything in particular". I knew the risk, just was hoping fore either a service grade, or numbers matching field grade. Really looking for what others think about the gun too!
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:16 PM
42Springfield 42Springfield is offline
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You should not be disappointed. If you don't like the color match of the frame and slide, or the markings on the slide, trade those parts to somebody else for something else that is more to your liking. A lot of folks seem to be doing that.

One of my hunting buddies was an Army armorer in the '80s, and he worked on the 1911's a lot. By that time, they needed a lot of maintenance and he said they would slap whatever parts on whatever gun they had to in order to keep them running. If you need to swap some parts to make it look the way you want, do it and don't worry about it. Its previous owners did exactly that for the last 70-100 years.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:17 PM
cwm108 cwm108 is offline
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I cant get the pictures to open. My field grade sounds similar. When I first opened the case, for a second or two I was disappointed. The pistol looked rough, almost no finish. But after I researched a little, I am really happy. Rough looking, but totally functional with a long history stamped into it. Mine also is a 1911 that was converted to A1.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:17 PM
SirWilliam SirWilliam is offline
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Oil it well, the slide will darken. You did well, where else you going to find a 1911 for under a grand shipped?

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Old 08-12-2019, 07:18 PM
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Looks to be in top shape, and clean as a whistle, has provenance - enjoy it.
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