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    Damaged SAA Frame Repair...

    This might be the most aggressive I’ve done on a SAA only because ruining this-means buying the customer a new gun.

    A wonderful, repeat customer had a 1983 built SAA whereas the loading gate screw hole in the bottom of the frame was too close to the outside, then when it was tapped the spiral from the threads almost pierced the surface. Colt determined it was “only cosmetic” and offered no warranty work - since it would need replaced.

    So after consulting with my customer we decided to make it look fresh.

    I cut out the offending portion and re-welded the area...twice. Flat file, sanding, re-tapping the LG hole, annealing and finally case color hardening.

    It was a neat project and it’s even wearing a new barrel and cylinder.
    Going home.
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    Nice work! Do you have any "before" pictures?
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    Nice, no evidence at all of the repair.
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    Gorgeous case colors! WOW


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    That was a tricky repair, I know! You did some extremely fine work. I am disappointed in Colt's attitude, but maybe that is why they have been at/near bankruptcy for many years.
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    Excellent work!
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    Bill, what can anyone say but 'DANG!' Altho' with Colt appearing to farm out it's frame production, I doubt they would be able to do anything with it beyond replacing the frame. The more I hear about the current Colt, I don't think its fair to use the word Manufacturer anymore, but Colt's Patent Assembly Co. just doesn't roll off the tounge.
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    Beautiful colors! Is recommended or necessary to anneal the the frame before color case hardening? Or was it done to make the repair?

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    I've seen the same type of defect in Colt frames before. Silly that Colt lets that out the door. Looks like repair was well done!

    But, man, those case colors!! Sweet!

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    Excellent work Bill. And that bluing job is just gorgeous. I don't think the Colt repair shop could match that. Apparently all of the craftsmen at Colt have been replaced by minimum wage "Assemblers". What a shame.
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