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    Recommendations For Gunsmith To Inspect Rare 1905 Marine Corp Colt

    Hello Colt Forum Members. I need a recommendation(s), if allowed, for a historically interested and capable Colt gunsmith to inspect a rare 1905 Marine Corp Colt Civilian Model .38 Caliber D.A. that I own.


    I have attached copies of two separate Colt Industries "Letters of Authenticity", each individually dated 12, April 1979 and 23 May 2019, to demonstrate the good-faith intentions of my request.

    Both Letters of Authenticates were obtained by my late father and by myself on different dates. It is interesting to note the historical account of the original purchaser - Norvell Shapleigh Hardware Company, St. Louis, Missouri, as well as the official confirmation of the total number manufactured for both the Marine Corp. and the Commercial version models as researched and documented by Colt Historian, M.S. Huber.

    There many inaccurate accounts of these totals.

    The confirmed account of total manufactured for each version as well as the respective serial number ranges are as follows:

    U.S. Marine Corps. version Total Manufactured: 812
    Serial Number Range: 1 – 812

    Commercial version Total Manufactured: 926
    Serial Number Range: 10001 – 10926


    I am obliged for your input and for the existence of the Colt Forum and it's supporting members.


    Vern
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    What is the problem that it needs a gunsmith?

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    Not aware of any problems. Just want it looked over prior to sale.

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    Just me, but I would think that a collectible gun appraiser would be more helpful than a gunsmith.
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    Any suggestions on collectible gun appraisers ?

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    If you wish to send it to me for an inspection, I would be happy to do so. For many years my business has been the repair and restoration of early Colt Double Action revolvers. Both Colt and Doug Turnbull's shop refer me to those looking for repair, restoration or advise on these guns. I do not charge for inspections so only cost to you would be shipping. I currently own a 1905 Marine Corps Civilian Model with serial #10261.

    I am an FFL dealer. Be aware that if you ship direct to me it can only be shipped via FedEx or UPS priority overnight and I have to return to you the same way. It will be expensive. If you have another FFL dealer ship to me and I return to them it can be shipped via USPS Priority Mail at a much lower cost.

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    You are the person that I am looking for. What are the best times to call and may I call you at 440-526-7265 ? And thanks !

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    Those production numbers are consistent with the figures that my research showed also.

    I own #10156

    Best,
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    It is really a joy to meet up with other owner's ! I am curious to know how many Marine Corp. and Civilian versions are still in existence. I asked Paul Szymaszek at Colt Archive a while back (thinking that Colt archives would keep account of at least the Letter's Of A. for each version) and he stated in almost a dispassionate tone of voice that they have no idea. Just doesn't seem right ?

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    Not everyone feels a need for the letter - they add almost nothing to the end value for many collectors unless the piece went somewhere interesting - and hardware stores are far from that.
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