Leave it as is
Refinish to new, color case and charcoal blue
Refinish to new than add a antique finish
I have this 1900 SAA that came to me as a total mess. It was over polished, nickeled, all Uberti internals, a cylinder that was cut too short up front and needing replacing, the original hammer needed to be totally rebuilt but at least it was the original hammer! Barrel, frame and front sight were original and in good shape.
At this point the hammer has been rebuilt, timing is perfect, but trigger sets a tiny bit forward at rest. I took a 2nd Gen 38 Special donor cylinder and had it recut to the 1900 contour and rechambered correctly to .45 Colt specs.
Next I fit a nice pair of Dennis Holland carved ivory to the gun. Mistake there.
After stripping the nasty nickel job I reblued the gun and then took most of the blue off the frame. Polished were the blue would typically show use.
The rounded edges and mated seams on all the parts and roll marks almost gone are now bugging me. But I have a hard time wanting a "new" 1900 Colt.
Some may disagree, but likely the Colt is never going to be worth more than it is right now. If you do disagree, please take the time and let me know why. A couple $K will make it new again. What would Mikey do and why?
Best as I can show it, as it sets now. DBL click the photos for a bigger image. She's a nice 10 footer right now
And the detailing on the grips..one reason I really like the gun.
Last edited by Cozmo; 05-30-2019 at 01:52 PM.
If Mikey had the bucks, Doug Turnbull would be seeing this in the daily shipment from UPS or Fed-Ex.
The frame would be resurfaced as well as possible and given a Turnbull color case hardened finish. The rest hand polished and blued with as close to a period blue as Turnbull could do.
Turnbull is good
I like Lanara and Harton.
Leave as is IMO
It's a shooter grade 1st gen, I would leave as is. We need some good shooter grade 1st gens out there.
If it was your only Colt SAA....I would say send to Turnbull...and have a special ONE.....but we know you have many Colt and USFA pretty children...so unless you are just itching for a project...leave as is and enjoy the good work you have done....tony
Let Lanara make it look new again. Those grips look like they are worth more than the rest of the gun. Re-do it for the sake of the grips!!
Spot on there Terry. Terrible fortune that these grips fit perfectly on this gunOriginally Posted by saintclair
Bright side it is 100% function wise and shoots really well. It is a gun hard not to like. Projects!? Always another project!
No wrong choice either way. To me it would come down to available discretionary funds. If the funds are not an issue, I think this one is an excellent candidate for restoration, and Mr, Lanara would be my choice. IMO, while Turnbull's case colours are vibrant and many like the look, to me they don't look very much like 1st gen Colt.
My opinion is free, and worth every penny of it.