The M1911A1 pictured below is special. it is an all matching US&S M1911A1. It is in beautiful shape. Finding one like this would take a very long time and cost a small fortune. In this case, it was restored. The gun was a effort of love by the owner of Moore Militaria ( http://www.mooremilitaria.com ) It was restored over time and when all parts had be found, sent to George Rhogar for that beautiful finish and going over all the stamping and cartouches, giving them a more defined look and bringing them back after years of arsenal refinishing had worn them down.
No the piece is not original. Since it is not factory new and argument could be made it has much if it s value hurt by this restoration project. But not to me. I think it was a worthy effort and the results speak for themselves. It would take a very keen and astute eye to determine this gun to be a restoration. I personally do not have a problem with this kind of thing. Where else would you be able to have one of these with all the matching parts and not feel bad about shooting it? Below are more pictures of this M1911 courtesy of Trey Moore. He kindly sent me these pictures after telling me about it yesterday. So thanks to him for these. If you like Vietnam era gear and uniforms, check out his website. Everyone could use a set of Vietnam tiger stripes made in the proper pattern and in the correct cut.