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Rifles & Shotguns / Re: Should I make this trade?
« on: Yesterday at 04:33:02 PM »
That's one type of rifle I know zero about - so, can't offer any help...

Handguns and Revolvers / My Ed Brown is in!
« on: Yesterday at 03:32:16 PM »
My Ed Brown Special Forces is in at the place I ordered it. I plan to go pick it up tomorrow afternoon :)

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Handguns and Revolvers / Re: Value of SA 1911-A1 NM?
« on: Yesterday at 02:23:36 PM »
THIS is a GI:

Handguns and Revolvers / Re: Value of SA 1911-A1 NM?
« on: Yesterday at 12:55:32 PM »
That's not a GI slide. a GI slide has vertical serrations - those are angled like the mil spec. The GI also has an even smaller rear and front sight. That is a milspec.

CHL - Concealed Handgun License / Re: Got my CHL in the mail...
« on: Yesterday at 06:09:08 AM »
Very cool!

Sho nuff

That sounds like some nice work, Ron.

I'm waiting for the gunshow on Sat to get here  :P

damn dead in here today....

Handguns and Revolvers / Re: Value of SA 1911-A1 NM?
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:34:57 PM »
What's sad is that I only paid $425 for my very first 1911 around 96-1997. It was a stainless Springfield milspec. Prices have gone up....

U da man!

Rifles & Shotguns / AR-15 Covert Carry Kit WITH CASE
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:11:21 PM »
FYI - Just got this email from Bud's... Kinda cool... But the reviews on it doesn't seem that great...

AR-15 Covert Carry Kit WITH CASE

General Gun Discussion / Re: My son is signed up for shooting lessons
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:55:13 PM »
No, my son is going to a place in the B/CS area where I live. He had the first l;esson. He is right handed and left eye dominant. He wants to shoot left handed. However - he doesn't hold the gun right.

I bought him a toy rifle of similar shape. He's practicing the proper hold for the next 2 weeks until the next lesson. (every 2 weeks)

Handguns and Revolvers / Re: Value of SA 1911-A1 NM?
« on: September 18, 2014, 12:08:00 PM »
That is just a Springfield Milspec (a step lower than a Milspec) - because of the sights and the grip safety. Those sights come with that gun standard.

The trigger, slide stop and thumb safety has been switched. With that exact finish, that gun is $630 new at my local shop. At a Houston area gun show, you could probably get it closer to $600.

I for one am not into buying used. However - if I were to sell this gun myself with no holster wear - I'd have to be shooting for $525-$550, more than likely. With that amount of wear... $475-$525?

However - the replaced parts throw a whole other issue into it for you. That's the wild card... Had Springfield's custom shop done the work for you, this would be a non issue (and the finish of the parts would likely match too). Someone that is really into 1911s and knows their stuff will likely not buy it because of the changes.

But, someone who just wants a cheap, used 1911 may not care... Or not know enough to care... Not sure how much luck you will have...

I guess start at $520 or so and go down if you have no luck for a while.... That $520 may be a stretch, though....

It's not a National Match, though. The "NM" doesn't stand for that. However - you can play up the NM in the serial number - in that itw as assembled in the USA by Springfield as opposed to a completely 100% assembled Brazil gun. There are many people looking for the NM in the serial # for used Springers....

Handguns and Revolvers / Re: Value of SA 1911-A1 NM?
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:26:04 PM »
I assume you say it is National Match because of the "NM" in the serial number? If so, the NM doesn't mean "National Match" on a Springfield 1911. I only say that because this is a common misconception...

All of Springers 1911s are actually all made in Brazil. But the "NM" in the serial # means it was actually assembled and fitted here in the USA. The NM ones are usually put together a little better than the ones completely assembled in Brazil.

Years ago, it wasn't that hard to find a loaded model with an NM in the serial number occasionally. Now, you don't see new ones like that much - unless you buy the higher priced models (or a range officer) usually.

We would need to see the a photo to see the exact model of loaded 1911... There are several different loaded models - with different finishes essentially. What finish does it have? This can affect price to some degree.

Pics would help to estimate the price...

Be aware that customization of parts on a 1911 usually does not add to the price (the Wilson combat parts you mentioned) - unless you find someone who wants exactly that configuration.

Also, I am on a lot of 1911 parts. Many guys bypass used 1911s that HAVE had work done on them, unless it was done by a known 1911 gunsmith shop. Just some FYI there. Of course - the 1911 newbie or occasional 1911 dabbler may not know or care about this being an issue. So, it may not matter to some buyers...

But some worry how well the new parts were installed. And, I've seen tons of stories of guys who took a chance, and some internals were totally screwed up. Not saying this is the case - just pointing out that some may be concerned that the gun isn't 100% stock on the original parts.  So, some buyers won't be interested...

Thanks Ship, that's a great summary.

I typed it on an ipad. With the autocorrect, I just went back and corrected the typos and added more detail to it

Champion Firearms is probably the best store around here. They aren't quite as cheap as they once were, but they usually have the best prices in the area. They also teach CHL classes once a month. I've done two or three renewal classes there too. If I buy a gun locally, it is usually almost always there..

They also have a nice indoor range. I shoot pistols there exclusively. It is close buy and the a/c is a godsend in the summer. FYI  - they rent handguns for $5 each as well. You just have to buy range ammo to shoot their rentals.

There are 2-3 other ranges outside of the city - but each is about 25 min away. They are outdoor ranges. The rifle range at one is almost unusable, as the neighbors sued the guy, and he had to make so many accommodations that you can't really even shoot there anymore. I only go to these country ranges if I want to shoot a rifle. They cost about the same (or more) as the indoor pistol range at Champion. So, why make the drive...

Champion Firearms is located in College Station on Texas Ave by Hobby Lobby.

Gun Corp is another new gun store. They list their guns very high, but have sales sometimes. And, they will negotiate on the price a little. I have bought two guns there, and they worked an awesome deal on the Sig 516 I previously had. They are super, super nice. I try to remember to go there when I want to browse...

Burdett and Sons is across from Texas A&M on Texas Avenue. Nice people with an in-store gunsmith. But not a huge selection, and the prices are a little high. I did take a CHL class there in the late 1990s. They were very good.

There is also the Great American gun store on Highway 21 going towards Madisonville. I have never bought a gun there, however.

Champion is my fav place to shop, and it would recommend their CHL class over any other.

I think this is a terrible idea, as is bringing people into the country with it..

Tech Zone / Re: Anyone else playing Star Wars Commander?
« on: September 17, 2014, 06:02:01 PM »

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