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help on gun value's

mystrymanmystryman Member Posts: 577 ✭✭✭✭
edited May 2012 in Ask the Experts
Hello everyone,
I've been lurking here for about 12 years. The information and wisdom here is great.
My father passed away in august of last year.
He left me his guns. He was a WWII vet.
I have his orginal issue Colt 1911 that has printed property of U.S. Government and U.S. Army.
I also have his universal M1Carbine
I have a german helmet and a DUO pistol he took off a german soldier. I have many coins from 1939-1942.
I want to insure the put a rider on my home owners policy but don't really have an idea what the carbine and colt are worth. There serial numbers put them in 1942 era. I have disassembled them both and all numbers match. I also have the original 1911 holster he was issued and the duo holster too. I don't want to sell them. I would rather leave them to my 2 sons. Hopefully not too soon. My dad went ashore on D-Day at 17 years old. He never spoke much about the war so any information would be helpful. The Carbine and 1911 are in A-B+ condition considering what they have been through. He lived in New Orleans and put them in the attic before Katrina so they hever got wet. I can provide serial numbers if needed. I'm looking for an approx value. Any help or advice would be great.


  • perry shooterperry shooter Member Posts: 17,390
    edited November -1
    Glad you are going to keep in the family . The only way we can give you more than a WAG is with many detail in focus Pictures from all angles. Baring that I suggest you look at completed auctions THOSE that actually sold and pick 4 or 5 WW II vintage 1911 to compare equal condition to yours as well as the carbine. Without pictures sort of like asking "I HAVE A 1972 CORVETTE in A- B+ condition what are they worth . A rider policy is a certain amount per declared value You can pay a small amount and value each at $100.00 or a larger amount and value each at $10,000 the choice is yours. the insurance company MAY wnt pictures but for sure will want serial numbers.
  • Hawk CarseHawk Carse Member Posts: 4,357 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Double check the carbine. A Universal is a post war commercial gun, never issued by the US Army.

    The Colt could be worth anything from $500 to $3000 depending on originality, condition, and which inspector marked it.

    As said, it is going to take pictures for anybody here to tell you much.
  • gary wraygary wray Member Posts: 4,663
    edited November -1
    mystryman...thanks for your questions. As others have told you, we need much more info/photos to give you a realistic estimation of values of your items. Speaking just to two...the helmet and German pistol/holster. What kind of helmet? Unit designations on side? SS? Para? Luftwaffe? Liner? Condition? As to the pistol you mention...what kind? Condition? Holster condition? Maker marked? In short, we need those photos to really help you...for example, the helmet value could range from $50 to $5k+ depending on those variables I mentioned. Great that you are going to keep them in your family.
  • mystrymanmystryman Member Posts: 577 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I will take pictures as soon as I figure out how to upload them to the site. Thanks for the advice.
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