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Hello,
At the beginning of the year I inherited a M1911 (1918) from my deceased brother-in-law. He was a veteran of WWII: 27th Infantry division, Bronze Star & Purple Heart.
I have never owned a gun nor have I ever fired one, but I have since become interested in the history and mechanics of this iconic weapon. I will be taking a Handgun Qualification License course on Wednesday to learn about gun safety, etc. I have also detailed stripped the pistol and replaced a few springs so I am familiar with its parts and mechanics.
The pistol seems to be in good condition and authentic (I've been told this by many 1911 "experts." However, most of the original surface treatment has been polished off and I do not know how I should proceed.
(1) Do nothing, oil it, etc., maybe shoot it (not likely, except to actually see if it works).
(2) Parkerize it to protect the exposed surfaces.
(3) Sell it; I will not do this. There are too many personal memories associated with this pistol and my brother-in-law who I had a very close relationship with.
I'll end there except to say that I'm open to suggestions and I'm attaching some photos I took a few weeks ago.
Thank you.
REG
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Your taste in guns is just the same on your cars 馃憤
My very first car that I bought was a 65 mustang fastback with a 6cyl and 3 spd. Paid 500.00 in 1970. Wish I still had it, then in 72 I bought a 69 Camaro which had a 350 with a turbo 350 Trans. wish I still had it
My very first car that I bought was a 65 mustang fastback with a 6cyl and 3 spd. Paid 500.00 in 1970. Wish I still had it, then in 72 I bought a 69 Camaro which had a 350 with a turbo 350 Trans. wish I still had it
Yea Gary I wish like some people keep their stuff forever I had my share of good ones get away 67 Camaro 68 C10
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Looking through my latest issue of American Rifleman and saw a new Ruger. The Security 380 and looks like a nice one less then $400. If I see one at any of my local lgs shops I'll have to look at it.
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Looking through my latest issue of American Rifleman and saw a new Ruger. The Security 380 and looks like a nice one less then $400. If I see one at any of my local lgs shops I'll have to look at it.
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I just did the paperwork on a Bersa firestorm 380 pick it up next Thursday we will see I fell in love with the looks of it the reviews were pretty decent
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That's what's what I thought about the Ruger.
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