Stopped in to the LGS this morning and they had an old Colt 1911 at a very attractive price. Got it home and cleaned it up. Proof house look-up says it's from July, 1918. Here's a couple of quick pics....
Leo , Ya better give it to your Grandkids ,,,,,,,, maybe they can see those tiny sights.
Ooops ,,,I forgot with the proper 1911 you don't need no stinking sights.
Always cool to see when they are Pre A-1.
Stories ,,,,,,, o yeah !
Nice snag Leo. I too like the looks of the Pre A-1's. Al's right, who needs sights..........the 1911 is a born point shooter in most hands (but I have run across a few folks that just don't shoot em well).
Stopped in to the LGS this morning and they had an old Colt 1911 at a very attractive price. Got it home and cleaned it up. Proof house look-up says it's from 1918. Here's a couple of quick pics....
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Very nice bit of history there LEO. I love shooting those old ones as I can picture some one's parent or grandparent using the old gun to make sure their is freedom for their families. Glad you can snag them as I know they will be well cared for.
It is a great acquisition, not just as a cool firearm, but a piece of disappearing history! The topic of the small front sight has been mentioned, does anyone know exactly why it was so minimal in these early models? Was John Browning expecting it to be marketed to a military market where at the time marksmanship might have been less an issue than dependable, effective rate of fire? I understand the gun has an inherent ability to be accurate with simple 'point and shoot' methods, does anyone know if that was the expectation that resulted in the minimal front sight engineering (and manufacturing) process?
The sights were regulated for the 230gr 45acp round to hit POA to POI back in 1910,1911. This gun was for the military for soldiers around 18 years old. Civilian sales came second and like a lot of civilian 1911's the sights were replaced with taller sights for older shooters. Nowadays a good pair of glasses help us older shooters to see the sights.