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My grandfather gave me his OMM, unfortunatelly its appearance isnt looks good, I was thinking rectore it but a friend told me just give it a pretty good clean to preserve it as original as possible, what do you recomend me to do?

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Photos are needed. Restoration is seldom the correct answer to similar questions. There are a few questions affecting a decision. First, has it been refinished before?
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Thanks for the pics. If were mine, I would just enjoy it for the family connection. and not spending money for a restoration. I'm betting it has a history of significant events :) by its apparent hard use.
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Thanks for the pic's Eddie. I'm with Vic. Shoot and enjoy. The only thing that I would do is to try to refresh those stocks.
 

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Well nice old colt
If it were me and wanted to make it look nicer and was able to do some hand work
Why not rust blue it after metal finishing and re checkering the grips
Low costs and would highly improve the looks of the overall gun and grips
I have brought back some rough pieces and made them very presentable when I was done
There is no way to preserve what has been done as it was very poorly done till this point
The grips are restorable
and the bluedfinish is all but gone ...
Just my 2 cents
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Tx guys =)

Robert and Vic told you guys it looks in bad shape =(

John I will follow your advise and try to restore it, unfortunatelly in my country you cant find original parts to restore, what I have done is buy used parts in good condition online, I have a Sig Sauer P229 so I am a member of SigTalk, there I have bought used parts in pretty good condition with guys who had custom them Sigs.
I think my OMM isnt in bad mechanic shape, if I shake it hard it doesnt make any kind of noise it really feels as one solid piece, any tip to know whats its real mechanic condition?

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I inherited my Grandad's 1916 SAA. He had it refinished some 35 years ago. So when I got it I wanted to put it back to original. If it had not been refinished already I would have left it alone. I don't plan on selling her for any amount of money so the decision to refinish her was easy. Like others have said, if it's original you should leave it be.
Grandad's SAA before refinish.

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After refinish.
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Eddie
Thanks for the pics. If were mine, I would just enjoy it for the family connection. and not spending money for a restoration. I'm betting it has a history of significant events :) by its apparent hard use.
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Hi Vic,

I don't have any plans to sell my OMM for 3 main reasons:

1.- Family conection (invaluable).
2.- Because of its own history, I mean I know it's an old but very special and unique revolver that set a precedent for match competitions and gun history even in our present days with the Python.
3.- It's so accurate and smooth even for my wife :love:, I had have several autos P250, HK, Browning Hi Power, Steyr M9, CZP07 and P229 and she never get ti used to them because of them hard slides for her.

So my intention to restore it is to preserve it for more time for my sons or even grandsons, with that been said do you still think that is better leave it in its actual shape?

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I inherited my Grandad's 1916 SAA. He had it refinished some 35 years ago. So when I got it I wanted to put it back to original. If it had not been refinished already I would have left it alone. I don't plan on selling her for any amount of money so the decision to refinish her was easy. Like others have said, if it's original you should leave it be.
Grandad's SAA before refinish.

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After refinish.
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Hi 1stgen,

Im in the same train as you about to never sell my OMM, You had done a great job with your Colt.

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Well if you have any skills with working on stuff like you indicates earlier
You can do the hard work yourself
I am also on SigTalk too
If it were me would take the gun apart and send out the grips for a recheckering and leave them raw when they are done
No more polyurethane or anything like what is on them now
The metal finishing is actually not too hard as it is all about having good sandpaper and lots of hand work
Once you get all of the finish looking smooth and no sanding marks
The finer you go the better your finish will be
If you can not blue it yourself
There are usually local shops who do bluing and metal finishing
They should have no problem doing this for you
It will add value for sure and make this last for many more years too
I would not leave it as it is
Most of the original finish is either worn off or someone tried to remove it
It will need proper protection to last
If you need any help
All you have to do is ask
Love seeing something that was loved renewed for those to come
I personally love the Colt Revolvers
And love these first gen full checkered grips too
Stay safe out there
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Well i am sure there are metal platers and refinishers where u are from
Find someone who does recheckering for rifles and shotguns and grips
They should be able to restore these grips for you too
I do not see any pitting or metal damage
Just lots of metal finish removal
Keep it dry and well oiled so it does not rust
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Well if you have any skills with working on stuff like you indicates earlier
You can do the hard work yourself
I am also on SigTalk too
If it were me would take the gun apart and send out the grips for a recheckering and leave them raw when they are done
No more polyurethane or anything like what is on them now
The metal finishing is actually not too hard as it is all about having good sandpaper and lots of hand work
Once you get all of the finish looking smooth and no sanding marks
The finer you go the better your finish will be
If you can not blue it yourself
There are usually local shops who do bluing and metal finishing
They should have no problem doing this for you
It will add value for sure and make this last for many more years too
I would not leave it as it is
Most of the original finish is either worn off or someone tried to remove it
It will need proper protection to last
If you need any help
All you have to do is ask
Love seeing something that was loved renewed for those to come
I personally love the Colt Revolvers
And love these first gen full checkered grips too
Stay safe out there
God Bless,John

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Hi John,

Thanx a lot, I really appreciate your kind support and advise.
Wich kind of sandpaper would you use?

Stay safe too.
God Bless, Eddie :)
 

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Well i am sure there are metal platers and refinishers where u are from
Find someone who does recheckering for rifles and shotguns and grips
They should be able to restore these grips for you too
I do not see any pitting or metal damage
Just lots of metal finish removal
Keep it dry and well oiled so it does not rust
God Bless,John

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Sure we have good gunsmiths here.
The metal seems to be pretty good in fact it isn't rusty or rough, I mean if you touch it you can feel it smooth, even you touch where the black spots are the metal feels smooth too.
I will take some pic´s with better day light, ok?
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Last year I found a pre-WWII .22 OMT locally. While the finish wasn't terrible, I really wanted to see it "as new." It wasn't cheap but I'm glad I did so. If this had been "grandpa's gun" or had general provenance (military use, famous owner, etc) I wouldn't have messed with it.

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