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bought this bout 5 years ago. didn't really have time/money to shoot since then so Its kinda been sitting since then. Its a Colt Official Police in .22, dated to 1947. got it for a steal, but not without a price. The rifling is near-pristine and the action and timing is crisp. If cocked very lightly in single action mode, the cylinder is just a smidgen shy of full lockup, but from what I understand thats characteristic of the colt DAs. one of the chambers has a notch on the edge. functionally its perfect.

Now the bad. the finish is maybe 60%, the cylinder 50% and what I can only describe as a splotch of complete loss of bluing on the side of the right topstrap. also some missing from the outside of the cylinder thought it could very well from being stored in a leather holster for a number of years. The front sight blade looks to be homemade or just horribly deteriorated by rust. It had a pin going lengthwise through the top of the blade that I drifted out trying to deciper what it was (this was before I cleaned it). At the end of the rear sight "groove" it looks like a piece of bar steel was either crudely welded or brazed onto the frame with an equally crude V cut down it distinctly right of center.

coltwood grips, though it has the checkered trigger and hammer of the "pre-war" models but not the cylinder release. I chock that up to being made in the year they transitioned models. My dilemna is what to do with it. I would like to restore it. Obviously the collector value is trashed, but its still an out of production Colt. I didn't get it as an investment but even in current condition it would be worth a pretty penny by the time I'm old and grey. On the other hand, It deserves better than to be a safe queen in my opinion. The way I see it I can either restore it to the glory of it's factory configuration. Reblue, authentic parts, or I could tailor it to be the perfect plinker. Just not really sure what I should do or even my options seeing as how its an uncommon variant, 80 year-old gun long out of production with maybe less than a dozen qualified people to work on it on the planet. Fixing the sights is likely to be the most expensive as well as difficult job if it's even possible so thats my first step, along with getting some grips to shoot it with, if not be it's permanent set.

I'll upload pics later. all I have right now is my crappy cel camera.
 

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Pictures, indeed, will be a great help. But the condition you describe leads away from thinking of it as you mention, a safe queen. A restoration would destroy its originality but if that makes you happy, go for it. Really interested in seeing the photos!
 

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This is a case where "modernizing", making it a everyday use type gun is justified. Should you do a to factory condition restoration it still won't be worth nearly what you'd have to invest. Left as-is, it's just a rough old shooter. But put a nice modern finish on it, proper modern sights, and some cool wood/bone/antler etc grips and have a gun you'd be proud to be seen with. Still won't sell for total invested, but you could shoot it and let the heirs worry about lost dollars.

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From your description it's the kind of gun I would buy if cheap enuf for a DIY rework to be a respectable shooter. To pay a competent gunsmith to do the same seems to me to price up comparable to similar guns in good used condition. I've bought two for around $600 apiece in condition showing little use. One in good used condition around $450 plus or minus 50.

This one I paid $660 for & sold the stags for $125 --

It had a few rust specks on it. Seller said his mother bought it new in 1953 & probably never shot it.
 

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There are front sights for that gun listed on ebay right now. I would order some Oxpho-Blue from Brownells and blue it myself.
 

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Thanks. Very helpful. and Thanks A1A for the PM. It was my first and currently only handgun so I wanna keep it. Do you like the coltwood grips for shooting? I really don't like the stacking of the older colt DA so I mostly shoot it single action, but even with a single-action style hold on it I find the grips far too skinny and my hands are fairly small to begin with. I've been trying to find an old T-grip but have had no luck. can't bring myself to stick a pachmayr on it.
 

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Thanks. Very helpful. and Thanks A1A for the PM. It was my first and currently only handgun so I wanna keep it. Do you like the coltwood grips for shooting? I really don't like the stacking of the older colt DA so I mostly shoot it single action, but even with a single-action style hold on it I find the grips far too skinny and my hands are fairly small to begin with. I've been trying to find an old T-grip but have had no luck. can't bring myself to stick a pachmayr on it.
Look on eBay for some Herrett's stocks.
 

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I use a pachmayr grip adapter (3) and keep the stock grips. I will soon have a vintage 1954 official police barrel that I will sell you that only have a bit of bluing loss at the muzzle and a perfect front sight. You will need someone to instal the barrel. Let me know. I believe I have a spare grip adapter as well that I will sell for $12. Oops, I see your gun is a 22, my barrel is a 38.
 
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