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I think it is really cool that you have something of your fathers so my advice is to cherish that Ugly thing (as you put it) I would shoot the snot out of it and not look at it.

Side story: My father died when I was nine years old and when he passed away my Mom and him were separated. Believe it or not my father played the harmonica and had a large collection of them. All I wanted as a nine year old was to have one of his harmonicas. Before we could get through his funeral and settle down, some older greedy relatives basically went in and emptied the house that he lived in of any collectibles and mementos so I never got a chance to get one of the harmonicas he owned and played.
 

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Please bring that COLT back to it's original work of art! It would be like having a PORSCHE with dents all over it , would you drive it like that or repair it?
If you can sand wood you can sand steel! First take good pictures showing the lettering and etc. These
can be re rolled Disassemble the sad state of affairs don,t save the screws buy new ones.
Replace the trigger guard and back straps with the old screws. If you can remove the barrel that much better. Use a wood block for the flat surfaces and a rubber block for the round surfaces and a wood dowel for the flutes on the cylinder. It looks like the punch marks are about 1/64" to 1/32" deep.
Start sanding with 80 g sandpaper and work to 220, 400, 600, 2000 g paper. The finish will look like bright nickel Don"t worry about all the that material gone! It will be just fine. You could keep it in the steel color or blue it.When done you can put it on your desk and admire both your work and the authentic work of COLT.
 

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Please bring that COLT back to it's original work of art! It would be like having a PORSCHE with dents all over it , would you drive it like that or repair it?
If you can sand wood you can sand steel! First take good pictures showing the lettering and etc. These
can be re rolled Disassemble the sad state of affairs don,t save the screws buy new ones.
Replace the trigger guard and back straps with the old screws. If you can remove the barrel that much better. Use a wood block for the flat surfaces and a rubber block for the round surfaces and a wood dowel for the flutes on the cylinder. It looks like the punch marks are about 1/64" to 1/32" deep.
Start sanding with 80 g sandpaper and work to 220, 400, 600, 2000 g paper. The finish will look like bright nickel Don"t worry about all the that material gone! It will be just fine. You could keep it in the steel color or blue it.When done you can put it on your desk and admire both your work and the authentic work of COLT.
Thanks for the advice I think I will send so much lead through the barrel that the friction will heat the metal smooth .
 

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A+ as a family heirloom. I'm sorry, but I have to agree it's butt ugly F-. What's so sad is it looks like it was in ok condition before the drunk got out his hammer and punch.
 

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A+ as a family heirloom. I'm sorry, but I have to agree it's butt ugly F-. What's so sad is it looks like it was in ok condition before the drunk got out his hammer and punch.
I ordered a Colt letter for it, hopefully the ugly duckling will turn out to be a swan .
 

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You can always bye an old Winchester 92 in 32-20 and dot it up to match the single action!😁
That would be the bottom one . If the thought ever did cross my mind , I would like to think one of my friends would take pitty on me and shoot me with it.
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actually , I was looking at the thread about Pearl and ivory grips . Those guns are magnificent to say the least . I ordered a Colt letter for " Ugly " and maybe a set of new stocks are in order . Any suggestions would be appreciated .
 

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Please bring that COLT back to it's original work of art! It would be like having a PORSCHE with dents all over it , would you drive it like that or repair it?
If you can sand wood you can sand steel! First take good pictures showing the lettering and etc. These
can be re rolled Disassemble the sad state of affairs don,t save the screws buy new ones.
Replace the trigger guard and back straps with the old screws. If you can remove the barrel that much better. Use a wood block for the flat surfaces and a rubber block for the round surfaces and a wood dowel for the flutes on the cylinder. It looks like the punch marks are about 1/64" to 1/32" deep.
Start sanding with 80 g sandpaper and work to 220, 400, 600, 2000 g paper. The finish will look like bright nickel Don"t worry about all the that material gone! It will be just fine. You could keep it in the steel color or blue it.When done you can put it on your desk and admire both your work and the authentic work of COLT.
Did you say that your friends call you Bubba?
 

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I thought long and hard about posting pictures of this and am compelled to say , " WARNING " viewers discretion is advised ! I admire and respect most comments my fellow members offer . So give it to me straight , what do you think . I was told it's called , Mexican stippling .
This was my dad's , he left it in my care when he passed . Sn# 341834 in 32 wcf , born 1921 . I admit I know nothing about engraving , so is this finish something I should be appreciating ? Please advise .
I don't know about it being Mexican stippling. But, its definitely falls under the heading of American Arts and Crafts Movement. See what the letter tells you, take it out on the anniversaries of the passing of your Dad and Uncle's passing, and enjoy it and the memories that come with it.
 

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I thought long and hard about posting pictures of this and am compelled to say , " WARNING " viewers discretion is advised ! I admire and respect most comments my fellow members offer . So give it to me straight , what do you think . I was told it's called , Mexican stippling . View attachment 701403 View attachment 701404 View attachment 701405 View attachment 701406 View attachment 701407 View attachment 701408 View attachment 701409 View attachment 701410
This was my dad's , he left it in my care when he passed . Sn# 341834 in 32 wcf , born 1921 . I admit I know nothing about engraving , so is this finish something I should be appreciating ? Please advise .
I tnink that is awesome!!!!
 

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Please bring that COLT back to it's original work of art! It would be like having a PORSCHE with dents all over it , would you drive it like that or repair it?
If you can sand wood you can sand steel! First take good pictures showing the lettering and etc. These
can be re rolled Disassemble the sad state of affairs don,t save the screws buy new ones.
Replace the trigger guard and back straps with the old screws. If you can remove the barrel that much better. Use a wood block for the flat surfaces and a rubber block for the round surfaces and a wood dowel for the flutes on the cylinder. It looks like the punch marks are about 1/64" to 1/32" deep.
Start sanding with 80 g sandpaper and work to 220, 400, 600, 2000 g paper. The finish will look like bright nickel Don"t worry about all the that material gone! It will be just fine. You could keep it in the steel color or blue it.When done you can put it on your desk and admire both your work and the authentic work of COLT.
I've only got 17 posts so far on the Forum and every time I pull out the drawer that holds the keyboard and start to type something regarding SAA Colts I'm afraid I might say something akin to putting my foot in my mouth. I'm not worried about that so much any more. 🤠
 

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Don't worry about putting your foot in your mouth...we've all been there. The Colt Forum is one of the most polite and respectful forms going...thanks in no small part to the moderator. I thought I was fairly knowledgeable about Colts before learning about the Colt Forum...I read a lot and had no idea what I was reading was very often wrong...and the wrong information was being repeated by others and accepted as fact. I have learned so much from the members here...guys who have spent much of their lives learning this knowledge the hard way...by research or through personal experience.

Don't hesitate to participate and enjoy. We're all here to share and learn.
 

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Don't worry about putting your foot in your mouth...we've all been there. The Colt Forum is one of the most polite and respectful forms going...thanks in no small part to the moderator. I thought I was fairly knowledgeable about Colts before learning out the Colt Forum...I read a lot and had no idea what I was reading was very often wrong...and the wrong information was being repeated by others and accepted as fact. I have learned so much from the members here...guys who have spent much of their lives learning this knowledge the hard way...by research or through personal experience.

Don't hesitate to participate and enjoy. We're all here to share and learn.
I give that a big " AMEN " !!!!!
 
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