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    New member's model 1909

    I joined the Colt Forum pretty recently after purchasing a model 1909. I was asked to provide some photos, and tonight I had time to follow up on that request. As the photos show, the overall condition is pretty good, but there is plenty of external wear (holster wear, or just constant handling, who knows) befitting a gun that probably saw a rough time of it in the Philippines. The company data on top of the barrel is getting rather faint, and the rampant horse logo on the left side of the frame is pretty much gone. I don't think the grips are original (there is no serial number penciled on the inside surfaces) but they are "R.A.C." marked, so at least they are probably as old as the gun. The condition reflects the price I paid (less than 7 bills). The props in the first photo include my G&K 1917 dated holster (I don't yet have a correct belt), and a full box of Frankfurt Arsenal .45 Colt ammo (packaged in 1911, the same year my gun was manufactured), a Christmas gift from my son.

    * (edit) I should point out that I only loaded the FA .45 Colt ammo into the cylinder for the one photo only, and only to illustrate the larger rim diameter in relation to the ejector. The gun is unloaded in all of the other photos.

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    I thought I would add some close-up photos of the Frankfurt Arsenal .45 Colt ammo, with a modern .45 Long Colt (on the left in the second and third photos) round for comparison.

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    Can you add some good close ups of the Colt Logo, and, of the Texts which are on top of the Barrel?

    When these seem 'faint' it is almost certainly from a Buffing Wheel in the Revolver being re-finished some time along the way, otherwise, even on heavily worn original finishes, they tend to be clear and distinct.
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    That's a nice one.
    Mine has been buffed and nickeled...but its fun to shoot and very accurate.
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    A Very Nice Score Brian...!!

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    That's a great aerial photo, Shooter13. Any idea if the plant still exists? Would be quite the tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oyeboten View Post
    Can you add some good close ups of the Colt Logo, and, of the Texts which are on top of the Barrel?

    When these seem 'faint' it is almost certainly from a Buffing Wheel in the Revolver being re-finished some time along the way, otherwise, even on heavily worn original finishes, they tend to be clear and distinct.
    As you can see in these close-ups, the Colt emblem is all but gone on the side plate, and the company info on the top of the barrel is almost impossible to see. If I had better lighting I might catch more of the wording in the photo, but that's a stretch. There is pitting in the frame under the grips, and as I mentioned the grips are not original, so it seems likely that this gun has seen quite a bit of re-work at some time to get it to the condition that it is in. I have no pretenses of the finish being original. It isn't a deal breaker for me as I have to work within my budget. The barrel is bright and without pitting, and the lock up is super tight so I'm happy.

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    Thanks for the post and the photographs speeder3.


    I've got the Model 1909, but I covet your holster and box of ammunition.

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    Nice catch!
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    Colt's 1909

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    Some more pics of ammo and the gun.
    I have found two boxes of the ammo. Finding a correct pair of grips is on going.
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