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I got this Colt Army Special 41 from my grandfather when he passed. It's blued with a 6" barrel. I need some help with the grips.

It was his sidearm in WWII. I got a Colt Letter of Authenticity which states it was delivered to a general store in 1908 in St. Louis, MO. Unfortunately, the lady from Colt said their information doesn't have anything on what kind of grips it shipped with (wood, rubber, etc.). She also said Colt doesn't repair/restore these anymore.

When I brought it to my gunsmith for restoration, he said he didn't think these were the original grips and for me to contact Colt (which I did above).

Are these the original grips? If not, where can I get some? Is there anything else on the gun that looks wrong/off?

Any help is appreciated.

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Maybe restore was the wrong word. I want to get this thing cleaned up, and as close as possible back to the condition when it was issued to my grandfather (or when he bought it... I don't know how he got it) without erasing any of the 'history' in the gun. I do know that at some point he changed the grips though.

The exterior looks fine, but looking down the barrel; it looks corroded...
 
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