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I was in a local shop today and found a used GSR 1911 on the shelf. It is SN GSO18XX. It has some scuffs in the finish but is not scratched. It is all stainless and it has the wood grips. I can buy it for $400 plus tax. Is there any good reason I should not pick it up for that price? I have read that some early guns like this one don't run right and need some tinkering. I would think it would have to be a total piece of junk not to be worth $400. There is a shooting range at this shop and they will let me shoot it before I buy it. Any help will be appreciated.
 

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If your up to tweaking it and know it might have problems going in why not ? Since it says you can shoot it before you buy it i would shoot at least 100 rounds
 

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I would not hesitate on it for 400.00. Those are the tightest production guns with the best parts out there. IF you had problems and you are not into tweaking them you could always send it to egw and for about 100.00 get their reliability package. You would have a great build gun, reliable at that point and still at an excellent price. I would say the same thing even at 500.00.

EGW made some of the parts on those and they would be an excellent place to send it.

If you look at the high quality parts sig used on those you could not even come close to them for 400.00

I was in the middle of something so let me come back and add this. The first problems sig had was caspian frame problems, but I thing yours is beyond that. The second problem was with the extractors which were made by EGW and they messed up on. It's rare as egw is excellent. I tend to think if you have problems it will most likely be the extractor. Of course there's exceptions to everything, but I would definitely check it IF you have problems. EGW has started making them better and more beefy and in fact George says if anyone has one of the ones they made that is acting up to contact him. Even if you have to buy one it's 25.00.

I think at 400.00 it's a steal.
 

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Jerry, Thanks for the info. I did call SIG and they told me this gun IS a Caspian frame. It was made 2-28-04 which is an early gun. Who is EGW and how would I contact them in I need to? I am going to shoot it tomorrow at lunch and see how it functions. I will try to put 100 rounds through it. I think for $400 it is a no brainer.
 

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OK, I wasn't sure. Even if it costs you 100.00 to get it running smooth it will still be much better than a 500.00 gun. Definitely shoot it and see if it wasn't misttreated.
 

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I just picked it up from the gun shop. $431.40 OTD. They even let me fire 20 rounds through it. 7 through 2 mags nad 6 through the 3rd mag. No problems. There are come scuffs on the slide. Any ideas on what to use on the frame and slide to pretty it up?
 

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Flitz, a scotchbrite pad, some very fine steel wool. All seem to be ideas I've been told before to use on stainless.
 

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It sounds like you got a winner there. I wish I could have shot some guns I've purchased before laying down the $$$.

I've spruced up a SS revolver with scotchbrite and oil. It will leave a satin finish, not bright like a mirror. Test a spot under the grips first.
 

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I broke down and got some of the pads from bob at fusion. They have a fine, medium and coarse so you have flexibliity. Of course scotchbrite works fine also as primers and brian says.
 

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No steel wool it can leave pieces behind that imbed in the metal and can actually cause rust.. 0000 scotchbrite works well and really give a polished look but be prepared for some elbow grease
 

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Great, at that price that definitely was a score.
 
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