Hope it works out for you.
It sounds like you knew from the get-go that it was the wrong gun, so I'm trying to understand why you went ahead and took the gun apart, cleaned it and worked on the grips. IT WAS THE WRONG GUN!!! Now you're going to ask the seller to take it back. I don't know for sure if he pulled a bait and switch on you or not, but in my opinion, by doing what you did, you accepted the gun as your new toy.
Okay I think I need to address the purpose of this thread was not to complain about getting duped or anything like that but rather, something that bothered my about the firearm that I was hoping to fix. Over the course of this thread, I did come to the conclusion that perhaps I should try to refund the gun, but that was not my original intent. I am sorry for the way this thread has gone and I shouldn't have posted. I have made my decision with what to do next and this thread can be closed thank you everyone.
Welp, as long as you're happy that makes three of us, you...me...and the seller!
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Contact the seller and tell the Colt you paid for was not the Colt you received. Be nice and say you're sure it was probably a mistake that he shipped the wrong Colt. Say that even though it not the right firearm you thought once you cleaned it up you'd be happy. But after a good cleaning it still wasn't as nice as the one you purchased so you would like to ship it back for the correct one. In this case (as usual) you have little legal recourse so maybe it was a mistake and hope you'll refund your money. Still IMHO it's not a bad looking gun. The only reason I can think of for the gate not sitting flush is a weak spring, it's easy and cheap to replace.