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Springfield 1911 NRA Commemorative

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by Meridian_Mike, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. Meridian_Mike

    Meridian_Mike Jim Bridger's evil nephew's grandson

    Hello everyone,
    I just bought this NRA 125th Anniversary Commemorative Springfield from a guy here at work. He won it in a raffle in 1996 so he decided it was time to turn it into money.
    Anyway, all the paperwork is there and I am almost afraid to do ANYTHING to it for fear of ruining the value.

    The conundrum.....
    I want to wipe it down and get the few finger prints that are on it cleaned off.
    Y'all think that a rig rag or something would be OK?
    I have never owned ANY of these type guns before. SO, I don't have a clue about how to care for them.
  2. Caleb C

    Caleb C Distinguished Poster

    Lake, MS
    Any cotton or microfiber cloth with some light oil (no solvents) should be fine.
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  3. Meridian_Mike

    Meridian_Mike Jim Bridger's evil nephew's grandson

    10-4... Thanks for the advice.
  4. Quickeye

    Quickeye Member MSGO Supporter

    3-In-One oil and an old pure cotton "t" shirt. Avoid engraved gold filled areas as much as possible with the oil.
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  5. Meridian_Mike

    Meridian_Mike Jim Bridger's evil nephew's grandson

    10-4... That was my concern. The gold filled areas.
  6. Hoot G

    Hoot G Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Renaissance Wax. Wipe the gun off with alcohol to get it clean (remove all the oils), then apply Ren Wax. Never have to clean it again, as long as you don't shoot it. Just wipe off whatever fingerprints get on it from handling. The wax protects the finish (blue, gold, case, whatever).

    Museums use it to protect and conserve all kinds of stuff.

    Or don't use alcohol, just use the wax. Different people use different methods.

    How to Use Wax to Protect Your Firearms - Renaissance Waxes
  7. Meridian_Mike

    Meridian_Mike Jim Bridger's evil nephew's grandson

    COOL.... Thanks for that tip Hoot.
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  8. fordpkup

    fordpkup Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I use Renaissance Wax on a lot of things. Good stuff.
  9. TheBouncer1111

    TheBouncer1111 Distinguished Poster

    Remington has a silicon gun rag that they sell just about every where. I know they use them at different firearms museums on cleanup day. its a real soft microfiber rag, does great for removing fingerprints and letting the finish shine. a dull blue becomes a rich blue for instance after a wipedown.

    Belderan can probably tell you what would be safe for the gold plate
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  10. Meridian_Mike

    Meridian_Mike Jim Bridger's evil nephew's grandson

    Thanks Bouncer!
    WOW... I am learning a lot about fine gun care.
  11. Scharfschütze

    Scharfschütze Waffennarr

    And NEVER fire it; if you can avoid it, don't cycle the action. Once fired it's not worth much more than any other 1911, unless you find someone who just really wants one as an OCD collector thing. I can't tell you how many people we had come to our table at gun shows who had a "(fill in the blank)" commemorative, "only fired xx rounds through it", and who were extremely PO'd when Doug Bowser informed them that commemorative firearms weren't worth much more than a regular version of the same type of firearm unless in NIB unfired condition.
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  12. Meridian_Mike

    Meridian_Mike Jim Bridger's evil nephew's grandson

    Yep, never fired (not even touched very much) and ALL of the original paperwork is inside the original box.
    It has been inside the original owners safe for 21 years.
  13. GunnyGene

    GunnyGene Distinguished Poster

    Second the Renwax. Been using it for years on all kinds of things besides firearms - iron top table saws, planes, chisels, etc. Really stops any corrosion and slicks up stuff (important for woodworking tools). Doesn't take much - a little dab will do it. It is expensive tho.

    It works by preventing O2 (and moisture) from getting through to whatever you apply it to.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2017
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  14. Scharfschütze

    Scharfschütze Waffennarr

    An investment then! Will only go up in value, especially for 1911 collectors! Congrats!
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  15. Cliff731

    Cliff731 Danged ole' Hermit...

    Meridian_Mike... yes on the wax and definitely not "cycling the action" nor firing this one.

    This one shows the "deeper" front strap which was typical of Springfield-Armory's 1911-A1 pistols of that era.

    Do you have a photo of the other side to share with us?
  16. Meridian_Mike

    Meridian_Mike Jim Bridger's evil nephew's grandson

    Speaking of "cycling the action".... How would I ever get this into a gun show without the gorillas at the front door handling it heavily, cycling etc......???
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  17. Meridian_Mike

    Meridian_Mike Jim Bridger's evil nephew's grandson

    LOL.... well, I can get one. I haven't handled it much myself. I mostly just took it out and snapped a couple of pics and put it back inside the box. I noticed the fingerprints when I looked at my photos.
    I will get a couple more pics. I NEED to see the other side too..... LOL.
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  18. mascott

    mascott Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I agree! Maybe get one of these upload_2017-10-16_7-46-56.jpeg
  19. Meridian_Mike

    Meridian_Mike Jim Bridger's evil nephew's grandson

    Very good idea!
    Thanks for that tip!
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  20. mascott

    mascott Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    That's what we're here for.:p
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