Short story (- Bisley) and S&W were two separate.Not uncommon for stamp overlap.. I was deeply suspect. However, after discussing with Colt factory archives and local experts this is not uncommon especially with old calibers (this is one of 17 in this caliber). The gun letters so we know it is correct assuming original finish. Finish was meticulously inspected visually by other local expert(s) to the point of comparing small era flat top target in 99" condition as a basis for finish clarification. Cut to the case last Sunday was spent basically in SSA finish master class. I now know how to detect a correct factor finish fo this era gun on my own. Thanks for the post..Yes. the Parentheses mark ) seems to be altered to form the F
I think we need the short version of the long story.
Really long and I can only share part of it. Going back to my last post about the two guns. I passed on the flat top Frontier. I really liked the gun but there were questions in my mind about the finish. The gun is off to RIA for a sale in the future. It is a real beauty. Hopefully RIA can determine if it is factory or not.Oh man that is gorgeous! I'd have to dress up in a suit to hit the range with that beauty! Nicely done - please share the story when you can.
Good post thank you!! It is hard to see - the F is there overlapping the Bisley stamp bracketNow this may be of interest. My "For 32 S&W CTG." marking scaled to yours, and pasted right below your caliber marking. Every letter/number lines up horizontally, and most fakers cannot get that right! What think ye now?
What I am beginning to suspect - is that the roll die was used, but the operation left off the F. Then a Colt worker tried to add an F.