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    Completed SAA Customer Project.

    Well...
    I’m pleased to say my customer liked the work - so as promised here’s some of the rest of the gun with details about the refinish.

    This 1906 SAA Bisley came across my bench as shown with the purple background.
    At some point it was neglected and the metal was pitted. To overcome those ills it was nicely engraved...I’m guessing 50-80 years ago. Since then someone had slathered it with a cold blue which was wanting.
    After reviewing options it was decided to breathe life back into it and refinish without breaking the bank.

    As you can see some pitting and prior buffing resulted in a less than discernible encircled Rampant horse. The six number at the bottom of the grip frame are all but gone.
    To file/sand out all the pits would have changed the dimensions of some things like the cylinder flutes - so those areas saw the scarring minimized, not completely eradicated. Other areas outside of the engraving, such as the barrel and grip frame, were carefully filed and sanded away from the engraving - avoiding any flattening of the metal or rounding edges.

    Barrel, grip frame, ej tube were all proprietary custom blued and the small parts were Nitre Blued.
    Barrel was chamfered to 11 degrees and reinstalled with the sight straight-up, all parts lubed and action tuned plus A new set of Ivory-Resin finished it off.
    (The frame/hammer/gate was sent out to be re-cased)

    I like it. I hope you all do to.
    Last edited by LeverActionBill; 08-05-2019 at 07:03 PM.

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    All SAA Colt work; Action Work, Tune-ups, Barrel Rotation for Accuracy, Custom grips, Cylinder fitting. Coltsmith: Bill Fuchs

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    Well that is gorgeous....excellent work. .thank u for sharing it
    God Bless,John

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    Very nice work Bill. And a big thanks for showing us your talent !!!!!
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    Excellent bit of work, indeed! I'd be proud to show that one off........
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    Bill
    I am so glad that I sent my old Bisley for you to look at. I needed to know what I could do to reverse the very poor refinish job that someone did decades ago. It was like they painted it with black paint at some point.
    But being a 7 1/2 inch barrel engraved Bisley I really wanted to try and save it.
    You did a outstanding job of getting back to where it once was over 100 years ago.
    Thank You your work it is outstanding! I am very happy with the end result!!!
    To other forum members: Bill is great to work with and very reasonable.
    Thanks Again.
    Randy

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    The Bisley is a 38-40.
    7 1/2 inch barrel
    Shipped to Pacific Hardware & Steel Company
    San Francisco, California
    March 15, 1905
    Guns in Shipment: 2
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    Beautiful work, Bill!

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    that looks great Bill. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
    Al
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    Very nice work !
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    WOW....Bill......talent.......

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