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Here is one that I have not seen before. A collector friend of mine has a first year issue Colt Ace that is pretty close to perfect (with matching #'s) that has a very nice parkerized finish. Does anyone have information on any Ace's being parkerized or is this one for an official letter from Colt?
 

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I guess anything is possible with Colt, but I doubt very much that the finish is original, unless it is actually a Service Ace. "Parkerizing" did not come into wide use until into WWII. My guess is that someone "Parkerized" this gun sometime in the last 75 years. A factory letter should settle the issue, unless it comes back "not specified."
 

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A first year issue Colt Ace that is pretty close to perfect

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Close to perfect is the first clue of a "potential" refinish. Parkenizing was popular in the WWII era due to 1) lower retail cost 2) more durable finish 3) Colt could produce the finish quicker. I also doubt that a 1931 gun would have left the factory with a park' finish. But then, Colt has done stranger things.
 

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I also doubt that a 1931 gun would have left the factory with a park' finish. But then, Colt has done stranger things.

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I think you're friend should go for the Colt-letter.

Like Addicted says anything can happen with a Colt. But the pre-war Ace in the described condition is bringing mucho dollares at the various auctionsites and if it is - although doubtful- a factory finish it will only add to it's value.

If you're friend decides to get a Colt-letter, let us know the outcome.

Keep them smoking!

Gunsmoke
 
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