Can you help? I'd like to start a thread and write a bit and discuss at length as a group the damage we typically see on 1st Gen Colt SAAs. I went looking for photos to demonstrate the topic. Do you have photos to share?
Photos I'd like to see if you have them?
well worn grips
bench vise barrel marks
wire marks on the barrel
staple/hammering indents on the grips and flat of the back strap
hacked front sights
terrible bolt drag /out of time guns
If you have seen it and have a photo to share and/or what to discuss the damage that would be great!
A very common aliment. Can be built back up by an experienced gunsmith welder (be particular in choosing "gunsmith"). Or I often just heat and pull the old sight, and silver solder in a new one, if finish issues are not a concern. In this case, I pulled and replaced the sight, as shown afterward.
Last edited by victorio1sw; 11-15-2019 at 02:44 AM.
Grips were worn out slick and broken. Barrel and Cylinder had been "over-polished" with a Dremel tool! The same "polishing" was done to the ejector housing and part of frame.
The first picture shows the rejected parts.
The 2nd picture shows the finished 41 Colt after replacement of barrel, cylinder, and grips - plus a lot of other work.
The 3rd picture is that cylinder after doing some minor polishing and toning. Didn't do anything about pitting. It sold "real cheap" on eBay!
The 4th picture is that barrel after re-polishing and toning. No address or caliber markings. Again, someone bought it cheap on eBay.
The grips were thrown away after extracting the escutcheons.
Last edited by victorio1sw; 11-15-2019 at 03:21 AM.
This is my Frankencolt. Barrel turned down and dovetail for the front sight. Ejector rod head cut off and housing filed down. The gun had also been converted from 45LC to 38 spl. Was a sorry sight. No idea why it was done. The gun has since been rebuilt into a normal looking Colt.
"You shot him in the back!!" "His back was too me." Van Leek
Good stuff guys, thanks. Any one got photos of "hammer" marks on the butt of a gun or vice marks on the barrel?
"Oh, but the cylinder wouldn't turn"!!