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    Colt 38 Super Bullseye Pistol

    Gentlemen: What can you tell me about the early post WWII Colt 38 Supers that were rebuilt into Bulleye match pistols. The pistol that I observed had the typical throwback match conversion which mainly consisted of a "Triangle" sight (similar to the Bo Mar), grip stippling on the front strap, and a crisp trigger job. All the work was professionally done and it was owned by a serious competitive shooter. Any information or insights into the civilian M1911 match pistol history, accuracy, and potential value of these old target shooters in 38 Super would be greatly appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawhide View Post
    Gentlemen: What can you tell me about the early post WWII Colt 38 Supers that were rebuilt into Bulleye match pistols. The pistol that I observed had the typical throwback match conversion which mainly consisted of a "Triangle" sight (similar to the Bo Mar), grip stippling on the front strap, and a crisp trigger job. All the work was professionally done and it was owned by a serious competitive shooter. Any information or insights into the civilian M1911 match pistol history, accuracy, and potential value of these old target shooters in 38 Super would be greatly appreciated.
    Rawhide,

    Pictures would help.? Is it similar to this: https://www.coltforum.com/forums/colt...l-shockey.html

    Best Regards,
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    ...and of course Jim Clark used Colt Super .38 frames to make his .38 mid-range bull's eye guns.
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    A gunsmith named Giles also converted Super 38s to .38 Special for bullseye shooters. I had one once upon a time and it was a great shooter.

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    Unfortunately, I do not own the pistol and do not have pictures to post. Perhaps the pistol that I observed was a 38 Special conversion. The slide was marked Colt 38 Super and the frame serial corresponded to a 1948 model. The current owner did not seem to be knowledgeable about the history of the pistol. All he could tell me was that it belonged to a WWII vet who was a serious match shooter. I was intrigued because the Bullseye rebuilds that I have seen were made up of US Property M1911s parts. This commercial 38 Super seemed to be a less likely candidate for a match shooter.
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    Does anyone own a M1911 that was converted into a Bullseye match pistol? If so, what was done to it? Let's see them!

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    Here is my 38 Special Clark Conversion. It started life as a 1911A1 38 Super.

    Click to enlarge. What are your questions?



    clark 38 r.jpg
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    Thanks BEEMER1. Looks great! What did Clark do to it?

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    It seems that Clark led the charge for 38 Super conversions. Were there others during this period that made similar Bullseye pistols?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawhide View Post
    Thanks BEEMER1. Looks great! What did Clark do to it?
    It not only looks good it shoots good also. I bought the pistol from a friend who bought it new in 1968 and I have never seen a build sheet and I am not a Gunsmith by any means.

    -new barrel
    -new sights
    -reworks slide for a 38 special case head
    -change extractor
    -the trigger is about 2 1/2# so I do not know what all is done there
    -new magazines
    -change springs

    This probably is just a start, others will know a lot more than I.

    Jim Clark Sr. was the best Bullseye shooter of his time. He was the first competitor to break 2600 at Perry. He went on to be the top name in the Bullseye Gunsmithing trade although there were other well know Smiths also.
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