I just discovered this forum, and was wondering why the low membership? The S&W forum is a beehive of activity. I was hoping to find the same level of interest in the world of Colt collectors. Is there another site for Colts, that's more popular?
Sadly o-buck-i many of us Colt fans have to hang out on the S&W forum where there is action. They are a good bunch of guys out there, and apparently more passionate about their favorite then we are about our Colts.
I stop by here every month or so to try & generate a little interest, answer a few questions, give a few opinions, ask a few questions & see if there is any more activity. But always have to go back to the S&W site for activity. There are a lot of very knowledgeable people over there even if their specialty is not Colt.
There are a couple of 1911 sites that are active, but they are specific to the autos. If that's what you like I'll post their link. Yes I like the autos too, but I love the revolvers.
I, too, am a denizen of the S&W Forum, which I really like (guns AND forum), but I feel much better knowing there's a place to talk Colts -- revolvers in particular, which are my interest. I belive you may be right, WS23, they will come...
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And I'm worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow.
I'm so worried about the fashions today, I don't think they're good for your feet.
And I'm so worried about the shows on TV that sometimes they want to repeat.
I'm New to this forum, so I'll give you my 2 cents worth.
First the Colt site server is slow. New people who come here to check out this site find looking at an hourglass to be BORING.
Second, I have been a regular member of 1911 Forum, The High Road, S&W Forum,and Shooting Sportsman Bulletin Board for a long time and I never knew about this forum. The moderators of this site need to monitor these other sites, and when an appropriate thread comes up that has already been discussed here, just post a link to it. All the other sites do that. Thats how I found out about 1911 and the High road.
Third, Colt guns are more confusing than S&W. A Smith can be differentiated by a frame stamping that describes exactly what revision a paticular model is. This data is readily available for every model.Guys collect specific S&W models by revision. I am looking for a Model 27-2 right now. Colt, to my knowledge has no such revision system to allow the collector to differentiate between one revision and another.Colt's are confusing!!!
Fourth, Colt's new gun prices are so outrageous, that even me, who has lusted after various Colt's for over 25 years, purchased S&W and Kimber's as my logical side overrode my emotional side. Why pay $1300 for a Python when I can buy almost 3 S&W .357 for the same money. I got a fully tricked out 1911 from Kimber for the price of a standard Government model, which I would have to sent to a gunsmith to fix up.
I really would like Colt to survive, but relying on overpriced 1911's, Pythons and Single Actions,won't bring in the younger crowd, and scares the rest of us old farts away too.
Just my 2 cents worth.
Well let me toss my 2 cents worth in the hat here.
Colt admirers are usually balanced and reconize the qualities of other manufactors. They generally don't degrade other products based solely on brand name. They agree each brand has excellent, but differing concepts. Alot of us actively seek out inputs on the other manufactor's products to form our opinions.
To address other perceived problems, I have never found the site to any slower than other sites. At times it is slow, but also the other sites suffer the same fate. It may very well be our own personal IPS causing the delay.
Colt historically have not made as many engineeering changes as Smith. When Colt does do a change the name of the firearm usually changes. Just a differing in cataloguing versus the Smith. It's only confusing to non-Colt fans, but to be honest everyone else has changes that can be mind boggling if you don't actively follow the brand. Example of Colt changes are:
Officers Model Special upgraded to Officers Model Target upgraded to Officers Model Match.
Colt 357 changed to Trooper upgraded to Trooper MkIII upgraded to Trooper MkV.
The various models listed as 1st, or 2nd, or 3rd generation.
The comment on prices always seem to center on the deluxe revolver or pistol produced by Colt. The fact that they also have built more economical service grade models are omitted (as you look at the Python there was also the Troopers and Lawmen available). Since alot of Colt products are out of production the market is rising for them, as with most any other brand.
On the average a Colt fan can reconize a fine firearm no matter the maker and not degrade it just because it doesn't wear the Colt emblem. We can be found in all the various forums, but we come here to center our attention on Colts.
I too spend most of my time at the S&W forum and enjoy it alot
Of course my primary interest is S&W revolvers, but I have a few Colts and like them as well. Locally there are alot more used S&W's for sale than Colts, so that might be a part of the problem generating interest - I can go looking around almost any day and find interesting Smiths to look at and in turn post about. Part of it is just that we need more "action" here to get more people interested in the forum and coming back to see whats going on. Just my .02.
Just an observation from a newbie here, but the question about Colt collectors got me thinking. I've noticed a lot more quality DA Colts seem to be coming on to the market recently. Could it be that many of the collections built during the 40's, 50's and 60's are now being liquidated?
And S&W Revolvers. Sorry, I love a J Frame Smith better than any revolver ever made (way to many detective movies).
But I to feel this Forum will Grow. I watched the S&W forum start the same way. Classifieds the Lounge, all the same way and now over 5000 members.
Just like the S&W Forum, stay true to your true to your feelings about your Love For Colts. Help Make this Forum Grow. And then you can look back and say, heck "I remember when there was not a post or a thread started in days"!
Another S&W forum member (and fan) checking in. Although I'm partial to S&Ws whenever I see a nice older Colt revolver I do a triple take.
I have a couple of nice older Colts now and
there are several more I would love to add to my collection, among them a pre war .38 Officers Model Target, a nice Shooting Master, and of course a nice older SAA.
Although different I feel many of the older Colts are every bit S&W's equal as far as fit, finish, and quality.
Bottom line. I like this forum. Hopefully the activity will pick up as more folks learn about it.