I just acquired this 1948 Colt Super 38, serial #714XX. The seller e-mailed me photos and I thought for sure I'm gonna have to have this refinished, but after it arrived I'm re-thinking this refinish idea. I sent the photos to a local Colt guru and he told me it was a 1947. There is no pitting, but there is discoloration on the slide. The barrel has no markings on the chamber area. Is this the "fat barrel"? Got this and a bunch of goodies (brass, dies, grips & etc) for $1000.00. Can someone here give me more details as to exactly what model this is? The gun came with two mags (top two). Are they period correct? Is the third mag factory too? I don't think I got hosed on this deal.....did I?
checkered hammer and thumb safety
no markings on barrel
top two came with the gun
You did just fine! I have a Combat Commander in 38Super and it is great. I had to change bbls as the original was one of Colt's not-so-great headspace on the rim bbl and it was just very inaccurate. New (Nowlin) bbl solved that as it headspaces on the cartridge mouth. Fit it myself ... a non-trivial undertaking.Mine Colt bbls have calibre on the bbl so you may have an aftermarket bbl ... and this may be good.
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You did great on that deal. Don't refinish it. Just shoot it and enjoy it. Might put a coat of Renaissance Wax on it and see if the finish cleans up a bit. Enjoy your Colt.
Very nice, I have one from 47 also they are a dream to shoot. The barrel is not right nor are the mag correct for that time. You did very good on that deal and don't let anyone tell you the grips are wrong. The early post war guns came with surplus military grips.
What should the barrel look like??
The barrel appears to be correct---( Yes, It is a Fat Barrel)
The Magazines,--- Not so much.
My opinion is that the barrel and top magazine are correct for a 1947 pistol. The other mags are for a much later gun. I am far from an expert on these pistols but I do have Sheldon's book on them. I'll get the book out later and see what he has to say on this.
- - Buckspen
I have a 1948 38 super as well and everything looks the same on mine as yours... That was a good buy... It is the best shooting pistol I own.... If you are worried about it I will gladly give you your money back on it
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