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Advice – Your First Custom 1911 

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Wilson Millennium Protector 1911
Recent auction of a Wilson Millennium Protector. Anything RIA listed brings a premium. And the condition is almost like new.

Our friend Andy sent over these photos of his Wilson Millennium Protector. These were produced just before, and around, the year 2000. Hence the name. 

Wilson Millennium Protector 1911
Andy’s Wilson Millennium Protector right side.

I thought these were worth mentioning because of the current market conditions. You see, I suffer from the Old-Man affliction. No. Not the get-off-my-lawn kind. But instead the, “When I was young, gas was $1.00 a gallon” kind. 

Wilson Millennium Protector 1911
Andy’s Wilson Millennium Protector left side.

Frequently I get asked what is a “good” but affordable first 1911? If money is an issue? And when is it not? 9x out of 10, I suggest looking at the secondary market. And that brings us to the Wilson Millennium Protector. 

These guns were maybe $1100-$1200 when they came out. And by today’s metrics, that is a full-on felony, steal. Also they were manufactured to the same machining tolerances of today’s more expensive retail examples. 

Wilson Millennium Protector 1911
Recent auction of a Wilson Millennium Protector. Anything RIA listed brings a premium. And the condition is almost like new.

So…if you want a “really good” 1911. Are OK with it being chambered in 45ACP. But don’t want to pay out the nose or take retail depreciation. Look long at hard at some of the 1911’s being made by the “usual suspects” 20 years ago. In particular guns made as a cataloged package. 

This generation of  guns are the single most undervalued 1911s in the game. 

 

 

Sincerely, 

Marky

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