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    Photos of damaged SAA guns? Can you help?

    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
    chipped grips
    shrunken grips
    bent anything
    bench vise barrel marks
    wire marks on the barrel
    staple/hammering indents on the grips and flat of the back strap
    blown cylinders
    hacked front sights
    terrible bolt drag /out of time guns
    over buffing

    If you have seen it and have a photo to share and/or what to discuss the damage that would be great!

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cozmo View Post
    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
    chipped grips
    shrunken grips
    bent anything
    bench vise barrel marks
    wire marks on the barrel
    staple/hammering indents on the grips and flat of the back strap
    blown cylinders
    hacked front sights
    terrible bolt drag /out of time guns
    over buffing

    If you have seen it and have a photo to share and/or what to discuss the damage that would be great!

    Thanks!
    Well, we can start with bent trigger guards, a topic seen already once today. See the thread "Frame to trigger guard gap", which is where I got this picture. From my reply to this thread, you can sense that this bent TG thing annoys me! That is because most of these bends are the result of carelessness. Straightening such a bend takes time and patience, along with the right tools.
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    Filed Front Sight

    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.
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    Many Problems Here

    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.
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    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.
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    Buffing by Schrek . Two different lighting and angles . IMG_0349.jpgIMG_0350.jpg
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    Good stuff guys, thanks. Any one got photos of "hammer" marks on the butt of a gun or vice marks on the barrel?
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    Below are photos of the grip of my 1875 SAA. They have shrunk, have corner chips and have thinned quite a bit. It looks like this Colt has been worn outside in all types of weather.

    Colt SAA gauche.jpgColt SAA droit.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cozmo View Post
    Any one got photos of "hammer" marks on the butt of a gun?
    Looks like this may have been a "tack driver"


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    "Oh, but the cylinder wouldn't turn"!!
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