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Hi Cam,
Look at these. As you can see they have some sort of milling or router marks like yours. And another thing I noticed that on all the ones I have examined so far that have some type of milling mark also have some numbers or letters on them .."Just like yours" I really see nothing on your stocks that makes me believe they are not Roper. Your even have the wrap around at the trigger frame. Normally only Roper would do this extra step...aka quality and skill!










 

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Hi Cam,
Look at these. As you can see they have some sort of milling or router marks like yours. And another thing I noticed that on all the ones I have examined so far that have some type of milling mark also have some numbers or letters on them .."Just like yours" I really see nothing on your stocks that makes me believe they are not Roper. Your even have the wrap around at the trigger frame. Normally only Roper would do this extra step...aka quality and skill!










Travis

Sorry, but I can not see any end mill marks like on mine. In fact, I don't see any machining marks on yours. I talked to Kevin and he says that they may be from Griffin & Howe.
 

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Absolutely Magnificent additions to an already spectacular collection and lettered to a top rated competitive shooter of yesterday. I notice that the NST has the Shooting Master smooth cylinder latch release and the Shooting Master has the checkered release. Also on the Shooting Master does the letter state that the Micro rear was factory applied? I like that and the build up of the Patridge front sight, that must present a clear sight picture. In addition would the NST barrel be a left over from the 44 Russian chambering days? I notice that it has the bolster barrel and not the straight wall stove pipe that some of the older barrels exhibit. I get excited by all these minute details especially in factory custom guns. Again just outstanding!
You are correct on the cylinder release latches and I wondered if anyone would catch that. I can't say how each gun left the factory but both did have factory work order numbers with them meaning that the factory did something special to each gun. The barrel was made special on the .44 Russian as it has the 1926 patent date on it and the barrels made back in the early time period (1900-1912) had the last patent date of 1905 on the barrel. Given the fact that he was a recognized competitive target shooter and only lived 60 miles from the Colt factory, I would assume that he probably had a few connections there that would help him get whatever he needed. He also was a friend of J. Henry Fitzgeralds and Fitz had whatever he needed inside the Colt plant. In those days Colt really took care of the target shooters around the country.
 

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Wow those are fantastic guns and grips! I also would lean towards Griffin and Howe on the Colt Medallion stocks. Those are cool, I like them a lot!
 
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