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Value of Caspian 1911

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by newbiecaspian, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. newbiecaspian

    newbiecaspian Marksman Member

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    Hello all, It's my first post and if it's in the wrong place I apologize! I shot competitively in the Navy for 6 years at Damneck in VA. Offhand .45, 1-3 & 500 yard M1A/M14. I'm currently retired from the canoe club and build custom tube guitar & bass amps for a living(www.collinsamps.com) and took a Caspian 1911 in trade for partial payment about 5 years ago and forgot I had it until recent move. It's flawless, super clean and looks new. It's Serial # 52593(age?) and looks to be stock except for a stainless Kart 45 NM barrel, which may be stock for one. I'm considering moving it but have no idea what it's worth and can't scroung up any info online.

    Thanks ahead of time.
     
  2. 348

    348 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Member

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    Got any pics?
     
  3. newbiecaspian

    newbiecaspian Marksman Member

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    I'll take a few........also meant to add that I tried the search & came up with nothing so don't shoot me!
     
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    348 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Member

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    We won't shoot, if you give us a discount on some amps.
     
  5. newbiecaspian

    newbiecaspian Marksman Member

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    Discounts are easy 348, if you seriously want an amp give me a shout. Here are a few pics. I also noticed that looks to have a stainless guide rod & hammer. Might be polished metal for all I know, just wondering if it's stock. Also the trigger is light, I'd say about 2.5-3 lbs. I'm guessing that it's the basic carbon(not titanium or stainless) receiver & slide. Anyone have an idea of value?
     

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  6. Rolando

    Rolando Sharpshooter Member

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    Welcome to the forum!!
    I'm no Caspian expert but I'll make some observations.
    No beavertail.
    Small 3 dot sights, not adjustable.
    Nice grip frame checkering
    standard safety -not ambidextrous or custom
    Hammer is upgraded
    some work to the ejection port
    Very nice barrel
    I imagine the trigger is nice since Caspian is a quality brand used in custom guns.

    I wonder who built it? Did Caspian make just parts or did they ever offer complete guns?

    I like it. Looks like a sleeper.. mostly stock with a few nice touches. I'd say at least $750 value, maybe more.
    Now I'm curious.
    Anyone have some more informed ideas on this gun's history and value?
     
  7. mmchambers06

    mmchambers06 Sharpshooter Member

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    I got a Benjamin w/ your name on it, Craig!

    Kidding (not really). I have no idea how much it's worth...I say, keep it!
     
  8. Flyboy

    Flyboy Sharpshooter Member

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    Caspian does not build assembled guns. I hate to be a wet blanket, but the value depends entirely upon who built it, and if it's not a well-known builder, it's not worth a whole lot. I say that as somebody who builds his own: nobody knows who I am, so I'm probably building $500 guns out of $1500 worth of parts.

    It's a nice looking pistol, but unless you can prove a high-end provenance, it's probably not worth a whole lot. Sorry if that's a let-down.
     
  9. newbiecaspian

    newbiecaspian Marksman Member

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    Thanks to all who took the time to educate me.. I'll be shopping it around the gun show Saturday. Thanks again.
     
  10. RKM

    RKM Sharpshooter Member

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    :greetings:greetings....Welcome to OSA.
     

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