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This is a discussion on 2002 West Point bicentennial Colt 1911 within the Guns forums, part of the Gun Forum category; https://www.gunbroker.com/item/878143986 My wife has for some time wanted a “pretty” 1911 for reasons unbeknown to me. She is generally talking about shiny and etching, but ...


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Old 09-05-2020, 04:35 PM   #1
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2002 West Point bicentennial Colt 1911

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/878143986

My wife has for some time wanted a “pretty” 1911 for reasons unbeknown to me. She is generally talking about shiny and etching, but I showed her this and she fell in love with it. I am not opposed to the idea of her wanting more guns in any way shape or form. I did have her shoot a 225A1 rental and she loved the feel in her hand as to the width. She then held, but did not shoot a few 1911s.

So, background, we have no 1911s, .45s, connection to West Point, or any valid reason for wanting this other than basically she thinks it’s pretty. She already has a 229EE, a BDE, a Ruger SP101, a 938 Scorpion, along with several rifles of different flavors. Her Dad was a huge gun collector, mostly rifles, and doled them out to the kids at the end. She has mentioned something about “displaying it.

She has recently moved from being somewhat moderately liberal to a pretty big Trump supporter, tho undercover as her job would probably have her canceled if that got out. Education Administration.

Anyway, it looks like these go for around $3K unfired and in the box. This one $1299.00 no reserve, no bids at this point. I asked if it had been fired and included the case, but no reply yet. Only a few hours ago.

So, who can tell me what about this? If it has been fired already I imagine interest quite less tho that would not bother her. Same with case.

Also, if this post makes anyone not aware of it now aware, feel free to bid especially if you have a West Point connection. Our interest would top out somewhere between $1299 and $3000.
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Old 09-05-2020, 04:47 PM   #2
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One of the LGS in Houston usually has a good selection of commemorative firearms. You might see something here that trips your trigger.

https://www.collectorsfirearms.com/c...tive-firearms/
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I'm a big 1911 guy and I wouldn't buy this pistol unless it was under a thousand dollars and even then that's a maybe. It is a very nice looking pistol but at the end of the day it's really nothing more than just an over the top class ring for men.

While no doubt the pistol can be carried and shot that is really not the intention of these type of guns. This is something you'd see setting in a display case maybe below their West Point graduation diploma or their 2nd lieutenant commissioning certificate.

The pistol itself is a Colt Government Model Series 70 with a long trigger instead of the short trigger. The pistol does have a national match barrel but I don't remember how well the bushing is fitted on stock Government models.
The trigger pull is probably in the area of 4.5 to 5 pounds.
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Thanks!! I will look thru that site and thanks for the intel on the particular gun.

I have not gotten into .45 basically to not have to stock another caliber. She
said tonight that she has been expecting to get a “pretty” gun for the last two birthdays and Christmas and I’ve been dropping the ball. Not a ball one wants to drop!!!

I don’t think I would buy anything without her knowing about it as her opinion of “pretty” and mine are quite different. She doesn’t like the STX for some reason, which I figured would be perfect. It doesn’t really pay to buy anything crazy like a custom 1911 for her as it is likely to get shot a couple of times and displayed or put in the safe. I have no real interest in a .45 so spending big money on something that I could then use is not worth it to me. I have my two SAO 226s that I carry and I’m happy with those. (Not at the same time)

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I have no specific knowledge of this commemorative; although I have read that most commemorative firearms are not good investments. They typically bring less money than a plain model of the same firearm.

It is whatever rocks your boat to sort of speak. I am more old school and will pay the price on an old military M1911 or M1911A1. They would not appeal to your Wife or to many other 1911 folks.
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Alternatively, look at Dan Wesson M1911a1 pistols.

They are probably the best made production M1911 pistols available today (except, of course, for the hand fit premium guns from vendors like Baer and Wilson).
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Alternatively, look at Dan Wesson M1911a1 pistols.

They are probably the best made production M1911 pistols available today (except, of course, for the hand fit premium guns from vendors like Baer and Wilson).



If I wanted something special, I think that I'd take @mrerick's suggestion and then send it out for some tastefully restrained custom engraving. It would not only be special, but unique.


https://thegunengraver.com/wp-conten...aver.com_1.jpg



Just a thought.
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Royal blue 1977 GCNM. This is beauty.
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If you’re looking for something pretty in that price range, $1,299-3,000, have her start looking at some Wilson’s, Ed Browns. At least these would feel and shoot like their price.
Colt did make a bunch of different commemorative pistols, pretty but not any better than their $800 1911’s.
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Royal blue 1977 GCNM. This is beauty.
Beautiful pistol. Something about the Colt 1911. Still have mine, which was my 1st pistol that I bought back in '76. Some years back now, I adorned it with Sambar grips, just because. Back then, the standard affair were Pachmayr and the Safariland holster, of which I have both. Just liked the Gold Cup Mark IV Series '70 over the same, standard Government model. This one means alot to me. I'll never part with it . . .





. . . over the years, started thinking about that Government model. And then about 4 or so years back, I got one too. Beautiful, as well . . .





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Nothing really special about this old Colt Combat Elite. Picked her up right out of the military back in 1991. She just flat out shoots and feeds everything. She’s been through a lot of changes over her lifetime but that Kings purple trigger still remains. Still need to swap her over to thin grips.

I’d trust this ole gal to function when needed over any of my pistols.
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Nothing really special about this old Colt Combat Elite. Picked her up right out of the military back in 1991. She just flat out shoots and feeds everything. She’s been through a lot of changes over her lifetime but that Kings purple trigger still remains. Still need to swap her over to thin grips.

I’d trust this ole gal to function when needed over any of my pistols.
Looks beautiful to me Twist .
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i rebuilt a Combat Elite I purchased at a local gun show. Someone had done a "Bubba" action job on it, and the internals had to be replaced, so it became my project M1911a1.

I used Cylinder and Slide action components, and an Ed Brown barrel. I did all the hand fitting myself, and ended up with a very accurate pistol that's also easy on the eyes...

Jerry Kuhnhausen's M1911 shop manual was an essential part of learning the platform:

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1014291568
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i rebuilt a Combat Elite I purchased at a local gun show. Someone had done a "Bubba" action job on it, and the internals had to be replaced, so it became my project M1911a1.

I used Cylinder and Slide action components, and an Ed Brown barrel. I did all the hand fitting myself, and ended up with a very accurate pistol that's also easy on the eyes...

Jerry Kuhnhausen's M1911 shop manual was an essential part of learning the platform:

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1014291568
Very nice. I’ve read that book.
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Wstar425, while a 1911 can be adjusted with different thickness grips and texture, trigger length, and mainspring housing style to fit most any hand... would your wife "enjoy" lobbing .45 rounds down range? They can be had in several calibers, which may be more appropriate.

Then again being a SAO, learning a "different" manual of arms is another thing, and if for "carry", making it second nature to dis-engage the safety when drawing, and engaging it when holstering.
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