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hink441 10-13-2014 07:08 PM

My 1943 Ithaca on a Colt WW1 frame.

hink441 10-13-2014 07:15 PM

Here is the WW1 salvage frame used to jumpstart Ithaca production in early 1943.

warbabys54 10-13-2014 07:31 PM


Originally Posted by hink441 (Post 1170081)
Here is the WW1 salvage frame used to jumpstart Ithaca production in early 1943.

Yep, that is an early one....Always liked the early Ithaca's......Very nice.......:)

krammer 10-26-2014 06:35 PM

COLT 1911a1 1943,Old Guns serial numbers say it's a Remington Rand 1943??

aj98 12-09-2014 11:27 AM


Originally Posted by Redleg13a (Post 1159633)
C'mon guys, really? Do you really have to do this and torture those of us who don't have a USGI 1911/1911A1? That's just mean.

All kidding aside, a real USGI 1911A1 is on my wish list of guns that I'll probably never be able to afford. I'd settle for a total mixmaster with no finish but those go for more than I can pay right now. Oh well.

Never say that....

I thought the same thing about my IHC Garand, which I
found a couple years ago for 695
the VGC Oct 1943 Colt 1911A1 about a month ago I found in a cigar box. Only caveat was it was completely disassembled. I'd tell you how little I paid, but someone would likely hunt me down and shoot me with it :)

1563621 12-09-2014 03:36 PM

Many 1911s
Here is a few. Had 27 @ one time a few years ago!

Kevin in NH 12-09-2014 04:58 PM

My modern Springfield GI, someday I will get a real one.

heckinohio 12-10-2014 10:17 AM

Redleg13a.......did you finance your car, boat, truck? all of which will be worth less than the interest you paid in a few years???

Float a 90 day (or longer) bank loan (7%) & get your least it will be worth what you paid for it when the loan is paid back. Most credit cards have that much available too, but real ugly APRs.

And..speaking of rebuilds. Most of the WW 2 guns I see that have any finish left have been through a rebuild & many are marked seller I have encountered will acknowledge this is a refinish, neither will private owners. Just went through this discussion w/local jeweler who has an extensive Win collection to the point of being in more than a few reference books, but he is total in denial that his Rem-Rand is a rebuild despite arsenal markings.


RedSpecial 12-10-2014 10:27 AM

Kevin, that's a great picture. Im trying to learn now to take good pictures like that but it sure ain't easy.

ZvenoMan 01-01-2015 08:12 PM

My 1911s - sort of
I have 2;
First is a Systema Colt 1927. Argentina first bought 1911s from Colt, then bought tooling and license built 1911A1s for a few years, this is one. 100% identical to USGI. This one is from the Argentine Air Force (Aeronautica Argentina). All numbered parts match and bore is excellent. I replaced the ugly brown plastic grips and that's about it. It had occasional jams so I had a local retired AMU armorer polish it up, best gunsmith money I ever spent, it has jammed a total of 0 times since. I have shot a few matches with this, it shoots like a dream. I have owned a few other 1911s and this shoots the best of any I have owned. If it had sights I could see it would be even better, maybe I could dovetail it for some truglos? :eek:

[IMG] by MrJHassard, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG] by MrJHassard, on Flickr[/IMG]

Next is my Ballester Molina. Argentina decided to "improve" the 1911 and this is it; essentially they changed trigger to a pivoting design, and removed the grip safety. The slide serrations are the easiest clue, the lack of grip safety and the trigger pin (in the A1 grip bevel) are other easy IDs. 1911 magazines still fit, many other parts are slightly different from 1911. Note grip screw spacing is different, that would be too easy.
This was a Century Arms "U-Fixem" for $100 or so about 10-12 years ago. Just had to see what you got for $100. When I opened the box my friends groaned and I was pretty happy to have a "project". All parts present and in good condition, 10% finish remaining (if that), some bonus rust and one cracked grip. I epoxied the grip, buffed the steel with my dremel and cold blued it in the sink; it looked pretty good for $100.00. A few years later I saw a pistol a friend rejuvenated with Brownells Bake On Lacquer so I stripped this down and blasted it per the directions and baked on this paint, it is very durable. Prep and masking were the key (no need to paint rails and other important inside parts; you can see the slide stop where I masked off the shaft, and the barrel bushing when painting, but in hindsight maybe the extra thickness of the paint would help tighten it up a bit! It is not too bad, compared to many old 1911s!). Have not shot it much since, it has always jammed a bit, not being a 1911 aficionado I guess I need to research and see about sorting it. My 1927 shoots so well this has just not been a priority. My AMU armorer friend passed away a few years ago or I'd send it to him. I should carve up a new set of grips as well, something to look a little better than these. I am pushing $140 invested here, I don't know.....
A few years ago some importer was getting these and refinishing them and putting on new grips; they looked OK but I like this better.

[IMG] by MrJHassard, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG] by MrJHassard, on Flickr[/IMG]

Comments welcome!

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