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    Yes that is often a very sticky situation to navigate.
    I don’t have a storefront but have some connections that call me in from time to time for an evaluation.

    It’s tough when someone has a legitimate connection to an item and you have to inform them that their emotions don’t equate to my money!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcathey View Post
    It’s tough when someone has a legitimate connection to an item and you have to inform them that their emotions don’t equate to my money!
    That's the truth and seems ALWAYS a tough one.
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    I sold one manufactured in 1912 last year for $1000 that was a tad better than the one pictured. The "U.S. Property" stamp was defaced as well as the "Model of 1911 U.S. Army" stamp. The owner had me send it to Doug Turnbull for restoration and I must say it's perfect candidate for that. It'll be interesting to see it when finished. They do a beautiful job and will reapply the defaced markings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Dickicon View Post
    The owner had me send it to Doug Turnbull for restoration
    Hope you can post pics after.
    Regards, Jim

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    I am going to be sooooo RUUUUDDDDEEEE, I would not ask it be mine hehehehehehe refinnish? eh I`d enjoy as is first

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    You aren't rude Steyr Man. To be honest, even thought the pistol only has 10% or less original finish, if the markings hadn't been defaced with the sharp edge of a file, I would never restore it. When they're butchered, the sky is the limit. Bear in mind the owner is a retired Army Colonel who wants a representative piece in mint condition and that's exactly what he'll get when complete.

    Jim, I'll take some pictures when it comes back. The pandemic set Turnbull's back and the restoration will only begin this month. Hopefully, it'll be done by the end of the year.

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    The slide is too early for the pistol. What barrel? Regardless, there are multiple issues. I would look for a better example. The lack of a US property mark is very common. I have seen hundreds, so many I decided that I wanted and example. I got an early US Navy in well used condition. Everything was correct including the early barrel. It was not cheap but it is totally cool IMO.


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