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I just bought an apparently unfired first model.
It has plastic colt grips that have shrunk away from the
frame towards the top.Never saw anything like that before.
The gun is in its box with six unchambered rnds.
The bad news is it has some rust.Serial # is 3xxx6.
If you know any good available sources of info.
please let me know.I searched for serial numbers,
but no match came up.
Love these cobras.
 

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Thank you John.
I am thinking I will need to replace the grips.
I prefer the stock wooden ones.
Aside from the e-bay road,anyone know of a possible source.
Love this site,some real info. and appreciation.
Thanks All
 

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Gun Parts lists them for the Cobra:
http://www.e-gunparts.com/productschem.asp?chrMasterModel=0660zCOBRA
Item Number 49 & 50, part number 485910, in used, fair condition.

Other possible sources:
http://www.jackfirstgun.com/

Pittsburgh Handgun Headquarters
1330 Center Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15229
(412) 766-6100

NOTE: First, you have to make SURE whatever you buy are for the early Cobra with the full length round butt frame.
Later guns were made with a short, "stubby" frame, and those grips will not fit your early gun.

Second, the Detective Special also used the same grips.
 

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"Stock wooden ones?" Most likely, the "wooden ones" would not be "stock," but the plastic ones on the gun now would be "stock." If they are warpped, I have had good luck putting them on a pizza stone and heating them enough in the oven to reform them as necessary. (I have done the same thing with the often-shrunken Model O plastic stocks. Just heat them enough to stretch them enough and then quickly put them on a gun while they cool.)

What caused the stocks to pull away at the top is that the screw was too tight and these plastic stocks will respond to such pressure to warp.
 

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DR.D Gunparts it is,perfect,thank you.
Judge,point taken,as I prefer wood I will replace.
I am amazed you have enough courage to discover
how to repair the grips,thank you.

Now for the next issue.As this pistol is new but somewhat
pitted in a few areas,what are the refinishing options and
reccomendations.This is a carry-shooter.I assume collectors value is low because of rust and a refinish will not
degrade value.
Again Thank You for info. and recommendations.
 

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Apparently, Colt is no longer doing aluminum re-finishing.

To have the gun refinished to factory-level finish, here's two companies that offer re-anodizing of aluminum guns:

http://www.fordsguns.com/index1.htm

http://www.techplate.com/firearms_pl.htm

They re-anodize the aluminum frame, and re-blue the steel parts.

There are also a number of polymer coating-type finishes that can be applied over aluminum.
There are spray on-bake on do-it-yourself finishes, but these aren't as durable.
 
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