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How many finish blemishes can one man take! I rely on internet pictures of guns to decide to add them to my collection. I am finding a little too much condition variation in the pictures of guns advertised as 99% original nickel finish for C&R related Colts. Would some of you experienced collectors post pictures of your C&R factory nickel revolvers or pistols which you consider to be in 99% condition.
 

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True "99%" Factory nickel Colts are indeed VERY difficult to track down. I'm sure Cam has at least a few he can share. In the meantime, here's my contribution.
1940 6" Factory Nickel Official Police:
Pen Office supplies Cosmetics Writing implement Rectangle



1917 4" Factory Nickel Police Positive:
Pen Blue Revolver Office supplies Office equipment



1930 Factory Nickel Detective Special:
Font Nickel Rectangle Bullet Auto part
 

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I’ve noticed that on nickel guns, many sellers base condition on how much plating is left, doesn’t matter if it’s scratched or beat up. I’ve seen some nickel guns rated 98-99%, id be hesitant to rate 90%.

My buddy and I used to have a similar debate on “antique guns”. He’d show me a 50- 60% gun, talk about how great condition and say this one would rate 90-95%. I’d be like that’s a 50% gun lol. He go on about you rate different on antiques. I’d say idc if it was made in 1860 or 2016, 95% is 95%.

I see Russ and I are on the same page of condition ratings :).
 
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Snakeman has some terrific examples and I can't improve on them. Here are a few of my 99% Colts from yesteryear:















And this New Service is probably as close to 100% as I have ever owned. It was stored in a sealed glass case when I purchased it. Difficult to even get a good picture of. No micro scratches anywhere. It looks like it left the factory an hour ago.


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You can use the glare to make a scratched nickel gun look pretty good in the pictures. It is hard to tell exactly what you will receive. when buying online.
 

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No such thing as "100%"...
 

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Nice thing about nickel is that a really well redone nickel gun looks real good, at least to me.
 

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Thank you all for posting your fantastic nickel plated guns. The theme of these is almost perfection, with no visible handling marks of any kind. So when I see a gun with a n9ck
 
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