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Colt new service, san antonio pd pistol

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Hello everyone,
I just recently bought a Colt New Service mfg 1938.

I shot it today and noticed that I was receiving some off center primer strikes. I was told that the timing could be off. Also the grips were slightly loose from what I believe is the wrong screw holding the grips.

Does anyone know where to find the grip screw and also is the diagnosis of the timing issue correct?

Thank you
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With the trigger held back in the fired position does the cylinder feel tight or does it have a rotational wobble?
Any evidence of spraying out of the side of the Barrel/cylinder gap?
Pictures of the fired cases still in the cylinder of course would help.
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Welcome to the COLT Forum from the Cradle Of Liberty...Pennsylvania !!

Enjoy Our Community Sir... and Congrats on that new to you Colt New Service !!

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With the trigger held back in the fired position does the cylinder feel tight or does it have a rotational wobble?
Any evidence of spraying out of the side of the Barrel/cylinder gap?
Pictures of the fired cases still in the cylinder of course would help.
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I did not see any evidence of lead being shaved off. The cylinder has the same, almost none, wobble as my modern revolvers.
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If you don't get it figured out I would recommend contacting Master Gunsmith Frank Glenn @ Accuracy Unlimited in Phoenix, AZ (Phone 602-978-9089) as he does work on these old Colts.

This is my S.A.P.D. revolver:

S/N 340304 San Antonio Police Department .38 with 4" barrel. Bottom of butt marked S.A.P.D. No. 1 that belonged to Sergeant Edward Pytel






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Yeah...that's a pretty good sign you are getting some off-center hits!

It's a nice looking gun and deserves to work correctly. The Frank Glenn suggestion would be my choice.😁

On a side note: I think those San Antonio guns would feel much better if they were at home. Please feel free to send them to me if they get homesick.
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