JP, your gun has a much more honest look to it then the subject gun. Your pictures are not so professional as to actually distort the finish and textures of the metal. I would like to see the subject gun photographed differently then it is before passing final judgement. It does not seem to match the Kopec letter but a lot of time passed between the letter and now.
This all started with one gun!
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Has the firing pin been replaced? The pin does not look right, particularly on the right side fit.
Now the right side picture has disappeared.
The current owner does not want any further photos to be shown. Kopec did mention the firing pin, but my observations of new guns show various imperfections on the hammer from firing pin rivet installation. It wold be unlikely that the pin was replaced unless it failed during proofing and was replaced, so I say, why is that a concern? I don't think Kopec considered this possibility or the various errors workmen can make. But that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.<br>
Last edited by jplower; 09-23-2019 at 05:52 PM.
So, Kopec did mention the firing pin, but you disagree with his assessment? If we can routinely disagree with Kopec's authentications because they do not suit us, of what value are they? I am always learning, and enjoy evaluating these guns, and asking questions about what "just don't look right".
A gun of this impeccable quality, if it truly is as good as it is, requires multiple photographs of various angles and views to allow for full assessment.
Not allowing certain parts to be photographed tells me the owner (or other parties involved) have something to hide or they know it's of questionable integrity.
Censorship is NEVER a good idea.
I don't want my comments to be taken personally by anyone. Not my intention. I just want to evaluate what I see when examining a gun. Others may see things differently. As much as these US Colts have been altered and restored over time, by amateurs and experts, the knowledge acquired here from forum comments may help prevent some buyer from falling into the pit of fakery or alteration from originality.
I just bought a 100% original Colt Dragoon made 1851. Lots of money. After I showed it on the percussion forum, it was brought to my attention that my 3 screw gun had the frame and butt altered to accept a shoulder stock, undoubtedly long ago. Can't believe I missed that. Would have been a $ bargaining point.
Very interesting thread for me as I have limited knowledge but extreme interest in these US issued guns. Out of curiosity, is the acceptance process at the factory and by the government documented? Do we know why guns would not have met quality control guidelines? Would guns be rejected for finish issues or did it have to be some sort of function issue?
Thanks in advance,