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Well they are yours and you have the right to smash them with a hammer if you want. But im betting you are killing the value not improving it.Yes, and? The one on the left has British Proof marks as well. Everyone tells me it is a crime so I tell them to give me a grand a pop for them and you can save them from my hacking. So far nobody has given me that price so they are going under the knife
True, but would you polish the factory patina off a Tiffany lamp? Glue glitter on a Faberge Egg? Chop an original condition Ford model A? Each generation has people that decide they can "improve upon" items that were made far in the distant past. Each subsequent generation looks at these alterations and asks, "why....why did he ruin an antique?"... Like almost anything there is room for improvement, for me, and I am going to pursue it. I do not have one vehicle that is not modded nor are any of my firearms completely stock. It's just my nature, better or worse.
Are you saying that the history you make will be as important as what Col Colt made? It's not about future value. It's about not destroying American heritage. No more 1908 colts are being made, hundreds of new guns with the features you want are being made today. I've just adapted the attitude that I am a temporary custodian of my possessions, including my antiques, the land I live on, even the environment will be here long after my short decades of life. Yep, I'll be dead, the guns may be in someone elses hands. I believe in keeping the antiques, trees, fishing waters, EVERYTHING as is for the next generation. No "improvements" of things that cannot be replaced. But we can stop and just agree to disagree. I'm sure the gun, when complete, will be fun....
History is now, what we make it, and how we do things. What we see as history now will be ancient history later, and what we are doing now as history. History can be kind or unkind but in the end it is all a matter of perspective