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I had planned to take this one home, however the muzzle of the gun was in the white which gave me enough pause to not participate in the auction. Best I could tell from my research is that all the NS muzzles were blued. Did any New Services have white muzzles and should I be kicking myself? It was a nice gun otherwise.
COLT NEW SERVICE 5.5" BLUE 45 COLT 1918 CLASSIC : Revolvers at GunBroker.com
 

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Brightening the muzzle was an old cop trick - in poor light, it makes the muzzle look like the Gateway to Hell...

You 'could' have cold-blued it.
 

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I'll bet you a dollar to a doughnut that it was made in 1917, and that the "research" that said 1918 was either Colt's Internet serial number dating service, Proofhouse.com, or TBOCF, not a factory letter. There were no known commercial New Services made in 1918, but I have seen a factory letter on one from September, 1917 that is within about 250 of this one (and those references above say 1918 on that one, too).

The gun in question is very nice - I don't think i would worry about the "white" muzzle.

Buck
 
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