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Old 12-09-2014, 07:21 PM   #1
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Looking at a used 1911

I'm thinking of buying a Kimber 1911 from a fellow I know.

How do I find out how old it is (serial # is K0735xx), and what do I look for to evaluate the gun's quality and value?

The word "CUSTOM" appears on the slide just below the ejection port.

I've only shot a 1911 a few times a long time ago.

Thanks for any help. This looks like a great forum.

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Old 12-09-2014, 07:28 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum from northern Illinois Columbian66, you can call Kimbers customer service with the serial number and they'll tell you when it was made. As far as evaluating the gun goes that would be pretty hard to do without knowing how old it was, what model it is or seeing it.

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Old 12-09-2014, 07:50 PM   #3
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Welcome to the site from Tennessee! Can you take some pictures and post them up, that could help.
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Old 12-09-2014, 07:51 PM   #4
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I'll definitely handle/shoot it before I buy. We're actually trying to put together a trade for my '69 Chevy stepside, so while i would like to keep the Kimber, and sell my glock, I need to understand what it's worth.

I just saw the rules against selling arms here, and understand what that's about.

But where do I go to see what people are getting for what?

Thanks again for help.
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Old 12-09-2014, 07:55 PM   #5
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upload pix

How do I upload pics from my computer? the icons only want a URL, and my hard drive doesn't have one.
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:01 PM   #6
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Check out the listing for used Kimbers on gunbroker or other sites where people are posting guns for sale or try taking it into a local gun shop and asking them to price it for you.
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:41 PM   #7
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Boy, I just went all through Gunbroker.com and didn't find one of the original Custom models--there or anywhere else. Custom II and later are all that's there.

The one I'm looking at looks pretty used--the "Kimber" on the left slide looks kind of worn.

It's beginning to look like this is one of the first Kimber 1911s, and would be of interest to a collector rather than a shooter, FWIW.

I'll keep looking, but I would like to know how to upload a pic from my disk.
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Old 12-09-2014, 09:05 PM   #8
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To post pictures stored on your computer, open a 'post reply' window. Click on the paper clip icon. Click on 'choose file' & then navigate to the photo you want to post.

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Old 12-10-2014, 04:56 AM   #9
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:02 AM   #10
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I've bought more used guns then I have new ones. And all guns new or used usually require some work or adjustments. Buying used can save you a lot of money and often times you get extras, magazines, upgrades, gunsmithing work that are quite valuable. IMO, if the price is right and there is not obvious problems (cracks, excessive rattles, broken parts, obvious neglect, etc.) get it.
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