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    What should I do w/ this 1898 Colt New Pocket .32?

    I inherited? I'll never sell it, and would sorta like to shoot it, so should I:

    - Leave it as it is?

    - Send it to Colt to refinish/retime?

    - Looks like it might have been nickled, if I have it refinished, should I have it nickeled, or blued, and the black Colt plastic grips put on? I like that look.

    Here's a picture or two:





    And the story:

    How I inherited an 1898 Colt New Pocket in .32 S&W Long/.32 NP

    My initial description, which is wrong (I haven't bothered to go back and edit that yet), says .32 Colt, while it's actually .32 Colt NP/.32 S&W Long. And, I state it won't fire, but after cleaning, it cycles and looks like it'll fire fine, but the cylinder spins in one direction, so I'd want a smith to check it out.

    Cost not being an object, should I turn it back into a shooter for fun's sake?

    Opinions wanted!

    Thanks - Chip

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    Re: What should I do w/ this 1898 Colt New Pocket


    Well, I goofed - it's a .32 Long Colt, not .32 NP/S&W Long.

    I've also oiled it and cleaned it a bit, and cycled the action, and noticed a few things:

    1. .32 S&W Long won't load (doh, it's a Long Colt, I believe. The barrel is rough but I'm going to do a rubbing and see what it comes up with).

    2. The cylinder will spin freely to the left, but the lock/mechanism holds it firmly, will not rotate to the right.

    3. After reading the forum on Colt lockwork, I cocked the hammer into single action, pulled the trigger, and eased down the hammer, while holding the trigger back. Cylinder is moved hard against the barrel, and seems to be perfectly aligned every time.

    4. DA/SA action has smoothed up since I oiled it and worked it in a bit. I need to take off the side plate and see if there's anything in there to clean off. I need to see which side comes off, etc., before fooling w/ that.

    5. New grips, extractor head/screw end, and a new finish, and I think I've got a shooter on my hands!

    C'mon, anyone have an opinion on what I should do? Can you tell from looking at it if it was blued or nickled?

    Chip in GA

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    Re: What should I do w/ this 1898 Colt New Pocket

    Chip; .32 Long or Short Colt is not the most e-z to find ammo,and most of it today,has hollow based bullets,that may NOT always expand to take the rifling in the barrel,causing bad accuracy.

    I had one very similiar to your,in .32 Colt,and even with my heel bullet reloads,it was not even close to a .32 New Police Target I owned in accuracy. .32 S&W Long(or .32 Colt N.P.).

    Best of Luck,

    Bud

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    Re: What should I do w/ this 1898 Colt New Pocket

    Thanks for the reply.

    I'm kinda bummed it's not .32 S&W Long, 'cuz that's just another type of ammo I'd have to find and keep on hand.

    I think I'll just look for a nice .38 Special Colt Police Positive, New Police, or maybe a Detective Special.

    I also have a .32 S&W Long Arminius snubby I inherited, a .357 Ruger Security Six, and a .22lr Ruger Single Six, for revolvers.

    However, I did see a nice Colt Army Special in 32-20... :-)

    I'll relegate the New Pocket to the safe or maybe mount on the wall in a display case for the kids to see.

    Chip


 

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