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Has anyone tried building a full-house custom gun using an Argentine Systema Colt 1911-A1 as a base gun? I have heard good things about them quality-wise as military guns. Since you usually dump everything except the frame and slide, this might be a fairly cheap way to start out with a genuine Colt. Just a thought.
 

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They're an Argentine Colt, not quite a Hartford Colt. I hear they're quite nice -- Dane has one, I think. If you are getting one for a full house job by a smith, then look harder for a Series 70 or pre-70 Commercial Hartford Colt. If you're tinkering, get new components and don't inherit the potential headaches of an old beater gun.
 

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On 2001-06-12 10:01, Mossyrock wrote:
Has anyone tried building a full-house custom gun using an Argentine Systema Colt 1911-A1 as a base gun? I have heard good things about them quality-wise as military guns. Since you usually dump everything except the frame and slide, this might be a fairly cheap way to start out with a genuine Colt. Just a thought.
They were well made with good steel, however they are not totaly spec ( inside parts too ) to the Hartford Guns. Also the manufacturing process was revised over time. This is from Chuck Clawson`s Book on the commercial Colts.

The ones I have seen from the late 1940`s - 1950`s, especially the Navy Guns, have been very fine.
I still regret passing on one of those all original for $300 in 1999. :sad:

Some of the guns that came in about 2-3 years ago were excellent, and a great value, however many were arsenal refinished with poor quality internal parts.

While a good idea for use in a semi-custom, or carry Gun, I doubt that a full house Gun built on a Sistema would retain much resale value, the dollars saved from a Series 70 being a minor part of what a Full House Gun from a major builder will cost, IMHO.






<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Blackjack on 2001-06-14 18:36 ]</font>
 

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I'm customizing my systema for carry, too.Not out of choice but here in MA a used colt 70 series or springfield will sell for over $1000.Most handguns are no longer allowed to be sold here if they were made after 1998.This was my only way of getting a 1911(I have a C&R).If I had a choice, I would probably go with a 1991A1 for a base model.
 
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