There's a deal of info in the Timothy J Mullins Colt New Service Revolver book.
Well, the '32 Ford reference gives me lots of understanding since I am in a nation-wide club for vintage Corvettes. With that marque, so much is known that if one asks "what is the bolt head marking on a 1972 small block head?" that question can be answered. My issue is that I see blued and parkerized and now understand the difference. I see some with the "flaming bomb" and understand that and then I see some with a small icon just behind the cylinder and below the hammer. There are certainly lots of variations here and I am trying to learn. While I understand collectible values and such, that isn't my driving force. I really want one in good mechanical condition for shooting. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I did see someone with a 1917 with almost no finish, just great patina but in excellent condition. I said "self, I want that." My son shares my gun passion but, unfortunately, he is more into newer guns. He did, however, almost do a cartwheel when I bought him a CMP M1 Garand just because. Now he is saying he wants to shoot my M1 Carbine and probably wants one.It's a lot like if one is interested in 1932 Fords, and, wishes to learn more.
Yes, and I suspect that they would have cited Tim Mullin's book had it been available then. It fulfills a very specific need insofar as the detailed pictures, and I always recommend that a serious collector get a copy. But even Mullin states that Murphy has the details of production and features captured very well in his monograph.Haggis, the Man At Arms articles I mentioned cite both Murphy and Pate among thei source material.
Images?I just purchased # 76 colt 45 military issue 1917. It appears to be in good to very good condition although I am interested in having it serviced. reconditioned. How does one thing the reconditioning will affect the value and what does the actual value really appear to be?>