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Old 04-22-2011, 08:54 PM
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This appears to have been made in the spring of 1948. Clean bore, but cosmetically challenged. These were very well made to be a field gun. If I can swing the cost, I think I will send it back to Colt to be refinished.


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Old 04-22-2011, 09:05 PM
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If Colt won't do it, Ford's may. I would try Colt first.
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Old 04-24-2011, 01:10 PM
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A really excellent pistol if the bore is good. Congratulations!
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:01 PM
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That is exactly what I'm looking for. A shooter grade Woodsman. Would make a great trail/trap gun.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:19 AM
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The rollstamping isn't real deep on those pistols, so I would expect a fair amount of obliteration. A dull Parkerized finish might be suitable for working in the woods, man
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:41 PM
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I phoned Colt today and asked about refinishing the pistol. I was told it was too old and they would not touch it.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:36 PM
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If money is no object, you could send it to Turnbull for a lavish color case-hardened finish...and watch everyone drool over it

In a more practical realm, have you considered those Brownell's oven-cured spray can finishes? The squirrels will never see you coming
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:30 PM
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You may also want to give www.nutmegsports.com a call. They do Colt work and rust bluing.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:24 PM
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The rollstamping isn't real deep on those pistols, so I would expect a fair amount of obliteration. A dull Parkerized finish might be suitable for working in the woods, man
As such?



This pistol was in MUCH worse shape than the OPs.

I like Bearnut's OTHER idea:

Money + Doug Turnbull + Color Case Hardening = WIN!!!!!

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Old 05-24-2011, 09:22 PM
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I phoned Colt today and asked about refinishing the pistol. I was told it was too old and they would not touch it.
Try Fords.
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:39 PM
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Very nice smooth looking finish on that one, Desertmoon

Was yours done with a Brownell's bake-on spray?

I wonder how it would look with some black plastic grips?
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Old 05-26-2011, 09:18 PM
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Very nice smooth looking finish on that one, Desertmoon

Was yours done with a Brownell's bake-on spray?

I wonder how it would look with some black plastic grips?


Believe it or not that is a simple Manganese Phosphate finish. The trick was two-fold in the accomplishment.

First, I used a VERY fine Glass Bead when I did the pre dip finish. I glassed from a distance and went over each external part about 5 times. The second part was not purposeful, one of the elements in the park tank had died and the solution was at about 185 degrees...a bit on the cool side. I was certain that the finish would rub right off...but nope, it took.

After that, the parts were thoroughly coated in normal Break Free CLP for a week prior to assembly. The dark, ugly red grips were by Vintage. They certainly do make black. In fact, these had to be special ordered.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:00 AM
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I got a chance to shoot the Colt yesterday at a forest service range near Franklin, NC. It is ammo picky, will only eat premium stuff. It does shoot good. I found a large cardboard disc in a discarded pizza and set it up at the 100 yard berm. I was hitting the disc after about six shots.

As impressed as I was, the Colt would frequently strip the last two cartridges from the magazine at once. The follower has a step in the rear, it is nit perfectly flat. Is it possible the magazine spring is weak? Are replacement springs available for this gun? If I can make it reliable it will be a keeper.

I like the parkerized gun above.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:39 PM
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I have a first series Sport in excellent mechanical condition, with a nice, mirror-bright bore... and a nice, gray patina. That patina made it cheap, and is also what caught my eye. I have no intention of having mine refinished. I like it just the way it is. Having that "used" patina is what owning an old gun is about, to me. If I want something shiny, I'll buy new.

Not to mention, you can buy new guns now deliberately made to LOOK old. So, gotta be some reason for that!

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Old 07-12-2011, 05:07 PM
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Would anybody be willing to swap me a Glock 9mm for this Woodsman?
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