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Giving new life to a deadly but old dinosaur (to some people) of a handgun.
This is a very satisfying experience. About 10 years ago I collected "Canadian Contract" Colt Commercial Models, in 1914 Canada bought 5,000 1911's to outfit the Canadian Army on the Western Front. During a 5 year period I managed to find 7 of them, each backed with a letter from Colt. 4 of the 7 were in original condition with all original parts, 3 were "mix & match" pistols that had been altered. It took me awhile to find reproduction "period correct" parts to rebuild them to "as issued" condition. I think I felt more accomplishment rebuilding an old war horse than I did any other 1911 I've purchased. I still have one of the 7 left, a mix & match, this was the one I chose to keep. While not completely period correct, I fitted it with a Wilson Match barrel and it shoots very well. This is me shooting it 09 April 2017, 100 years to the day it went "over the top" on 09 April 1917 at Vimy Ridge on the Western Front.

 
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