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    Correct Grip Question

    Are these the correct grips for this Officers Model Target. Ser# 7805xx.
    I have my doubts but it’s not a big deal. It was bought to shoot and I have a nice set of Aftermarket grips to put on it. Would I be correct this is vintage 1949?
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    I do believe that those are correct.
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    found a link on Coltfever that explains the history well..look at my post in this section on my 1950 OMS...if they're plastic "coltwood" they may be for a gun like mine,or maybe during the changeover period....Thought mine was 1949 also,turns out to be 1950

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    They are correct.
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    As above, these are the correct grips for an early post-war Colt revolver.
    Beginning in WWII Colt began using pistol and revolver grips made of an early plastic.
    Post-war they continued using plastic they called "Coltwood" until about 1953 when they went back to checkered Walnut grips.

    From 1945 to 1950 Colt made the pre-war type Officer's Model with the later guns having transition features.

    One transition feature of your Officer's Model is the post-war cylinder retention system.
    Pre-war and very early post-war Colt's used the old "Figure-8" system of a screw interlocked with a stud.
    When the screw is unscrewed the stud is lifted up and the cylinder assembly can be removed.

    Later 1940's post-war guns used the new style cylinder retention system Colt still uses. This system is a large hollow cap screw under which is a spring and stud.
    To remove the cylinder the cap screw is removed, the spring and stud is removed and the cylinder assembly can then be removed.
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