Geez...I don't even have one from the same century as the originator. The reality of being very late to the 1911 world. I've got Glocks that 3 times as old as my oldest 1911, which was purchased new around 2011/12 or thereabouts.
Posts: 439 | Location: The commie, rainy side of WA | Registered: April 19, 2020
My father left me his 1918 vintage Springfield Armory 1911 that he bought from a family friend/neighbor in the 1950's. The gentleman had been issued the pistol in 1918 and carried it "Overthere" (in France), during the "Great War", as an officer/surgeon in the Medical Corps. Never used other than as a symbol of rank ASFIK, and he never got closer to the front than his basehospital, but it's still pretty cool! A few years ago I found an old "yearbook" of this unit and it contained pics of the doctor, both in uniform and in the operating room theater.
"I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."
Posts: 9235 | Location: The Free State of Arizona | Registered: June 13, 2007
i have my late father's 1911 that he purchased through the DCM/NRA program in the late 50s or early 60s. Research indicated that it was manufactured in 1918. He paid either 15 or 20 dollars for it. Being a tool maker, he disassembled it, removed the parkerizing (leaving most of the proof marks), and gave it a black oxide finish. It is beautiful and can generate drool in an instant. It's sitting in my safe now
Posts: 343 | Location: suwanee, ga | Registered: January 01, 2007
Oldest & cherished- August of 1914 Colt 1911 U.S.marked Fired 5 times 99.999% original. Belt,flap holster,accessory pouch w/J&J gauze roll,3 boxes/20rd of issued ball ammo-minus the 5 empties & 3each original 2 tone magazines.
General of Army letter head hand written note w/ all particulars to my Great Uncle who was J."BlackJack" Pershing's aide in WWI.
I won't shoot it ...or sell it!!
Posts: 48 | Location: Fbks,AK. | Registered: March 23, 2020