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Post by mikeb 7/4/2013, 6:59 am

I have come across a pistol which is a 1911 Colt National Match with a serial number 17xxxnm. The condition of the pistol I would say to be good. Can anyone give me an idea of the value?

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Post by Kermit Workman 8/4/2013, 9:52 pm

The National Match predated the Gold Cup National Match. The National Matches were truly handfit. They were a match ready wad pistol out of the box. Value would depend upon condition so much that even a ball park figure could not be given. If original and no major flaws at least $1000.00 but condition is everything.

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Post by mikeb 8/10/2013, 5:06 am

Thank you for your response. I had planned on using it for a ball gun.

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Post by STEVE SAMELAK 8/10/2013, 5:44 am

mikeb wrote:Thank you for your response. I had planned on using it for a ball gun.
 Doesn't the NM have a lightened slide?
If it does you may want to reconsider the ball ammo route due to added wear&tear of your wrist or slide damage.

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Post by Rob Kovach 8/10/2013, 7:17 am

Ball ammo is fine unless you are firing it with a softer recoil spring.  As long as your recoil spring matches your ammo, it's all good.
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Post by Kermit Workman 8/10/2013, 7:27 pm

Yes the National Matches did have a lightened slide. This was to ensure reliability with the less powerful wad loads.
 That being said IIRC it was Bob Day that said he used a National Match for .22 (with a conversion), CF, .45 and Ball gun.
 I would go up to an 18 lb. spring and see if it was reliable with ball loads. Also the Gold Cup / National matches were famous for losing the pivot pin out of the rear sight. Keep an eye on it to ensure it does not work out of the slide.

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