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    E-Nickel Junior .25

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    Would like to see pictuires of this one.

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    Neither Juniors nor Automatic .25 pistols were ever made in any finish but blue. (A pistol with an "OD" prefix serial number is not a Junior. Juniors were made in Spain by Astra and the 1968 Gun Control Act stopped their importation. The Automatic .25 pistols were made in the United States by Firearms International in Florida beginning in 1970.) The poster's gun has an aftermarket finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudgeColt View Post
    Neither Juniors nor Automatic .25 pistols were ever made in any finish but blue. (A pistol with an "OD" prefix serial number is not a Junior. Juniors were made in Spain by Astra and the 1968 Gun Control Act stopped their importation. The Automatic .25 pistols were made in the United States by Firearms International in Florida beginning in 1970.) The poster's gun has an aftermarket finish.
    Don't know about that Judge, was inspecting it as he was cleaning it all up last night. From what I saw everything looks to be what you would expect in a factory E-nickel finish.
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    Cool

    The only way I could see this as a Colt finish is if it were returned to Colt in the late 70s or early 80s. They did not use EN finishes until after production on the 25 autos had stopped for several years.As stated all Juniors and US made 25 Colts ,were only offered in blue.

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    Look inside the slide opposite the ejection port and see if it has an "M" stamped inside. Look hard, it may be very hard to see.

    If there is an "M", it has been back to Colt for a new firing pin, and entirely feasible that the owner had Colt re-finish it at that time. If all that lines up, it would be nice to see if Colt could letter that one.

    Good luck tracking it down!

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    Here is another example of wishful thinking. Why is it that the first thought many have when confronted with a "non-standard" Colt is that it is "Special Order?" The first thought should be that it is an aftermarket modification. Then, if it seems worth it, letter it, which in almost every case, will confirm that the modification is not factory original. Creating some rationalization that the modification is "factory" is not realistic in most cases.

    Lawman67 and tmd17 offer a plausible explanation, but I suspect it is just an aftermarket electroless nickel finish, which was very popular in the 1980s, especially after Colt began to sell guns with that finish and marketed it as "ColtGuard." Electroless nickel is an easy finish to do, relatively inexpensive and is very practical.

    The Automatic .25 had been discontinued for about ten years before Colt began offering ColtGuard finish so this gun is NOT factory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunbroke View Post
    ...There is also no M stamped in the slide opposite the case ejection port.


    Gunbroke- the "M" was marked inside the slides by Colt after they replaced the original longer firing pin with the shorter "inertia" style firing pin. The firing pin spring was also replaced with a longer spring. This was a well published Colt Safety Recall in 1984, about 9 years AFTER the last Colt Automatic .25 cal was made.


    Assuming JudgeColt is correct about the time line of the Colt Guard, then for it to be a "COLT FACTORY" finish it would have been done not less than 9 years after the gun was made.

    I can not imagine that Colt would re-finish the gun AFTER the safety recall and then shipping the gun back out without correcting what some attorneys would call a "known safety hazard".


 

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