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3ric
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December 3, 2022 - 9:12 pm
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I have wanted to own a Pre-war Colt for as long as I can remember. I saw this one at a LGS and couldn’t pass it up. Colt Official Police from 1937. All original, and in decent shape. Lockup is perfect! I’m just waiting for some cylinder shims to show up so I can remove a little of the endplay; then I’m off to the range!! Fixed sights of course, but I have a feeling that they will be very close to dead on!

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Technically, the glass is always full; half liquid, half air....

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Well, rwsem, you were right; dead nutz at 25 yards. As much as I like the look of the original service grips, I needed to upgrade to target grips to get a better purchase on this revolver. I found these Herrett's Python grips on eBay which fit the Official Police frame perfectly, then added a set of Pre-war medallions. Great shooting revolver!IMG_E1133.jpgImage Enlarger

 

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Technically, the glass is always full; half liquid, half air....

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3ric said
As much as I like the look of the original service grips, I needed to upgrade to target grips to get a better purchase on this revolver. I found these Herrett's Python grips on eBay which fit the Official Police frame perfectly, then added a set of Pre-war medallions.

Nice.

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Well, I seem to have come full circle on this one. Anyone ever have a revolver that was TOO well balanced? That is; it's difficult to have a steady enough hold throughout the trigger press because there is no "forward" weight to the gun. I've now gone back to the original service grips to regain that critical "balance". I guess I could call this my "Colt noir photo". The revolver exactly like it left the factory in 1937 along with some period ammo ready to be loaded!IMG_E1162.jpgImage Enlarger

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Thanks  for sharing the cool-pics that Colt looks great! Love the period correct ammo, too. 

Like you, I have been wanting to find a nice example of a 20's to 30's Colt or Smith. I would really like to find one that is just over 100 years old. Just holding one makes me wonder what it would say of it's history if it could talk.

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I was fortunate to find this Colt at a local gun store at a price I could afford. I’m not really interested in collector grade pieces (couldn’t afford them anyway), but rather prefer the vintage revolvers that have a lot of history showing. I recently had a chance at a Colt New Service in similar condition, but it was priced a little high, and in .45 Long Colt I couldn’t afford to feed it lol. This .38 shoots very well considering how worn it is, and I won’t break the bank shooting it.

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The final version. Original grips too small; Herrett’s Python grips too big. I found these Python grips on eBay, and added the Colt medallions. Fit is perfect, balance is perfect and I really like the look of them as well.7008F2DE-3EC5-4F83-B447-D090DA1C5D5F.jpegImage Enlarger

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March 23, 2023 - 9:21 am
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That does look nice, but fit & feel is more important. When you've got both, you win.

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April 28, 2023 - 1:47 am
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Now, the final version of my Colt Official Police. An hour or so with my Dremel tool and my diamond file has produced a quasi patridge front sight that suits my needs on the IHMSA range. A little “antiquing” on the grip medallions finished the look.IMG_1187.jpegImage Enlarger

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Changing the shape of that front sight, and those grips sure makes the gun look a lot newer than it is.

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The gun has very little value as a collector piece since there were so many made and it had been refinished somewhere in its history, so I don’t feel bad about upgrading it to at least the mid twentieth century. It’s a great shooter. I just have to figure out where to hold at 75 and 100 yards to get better scores at those distances. I’m not a serious competitor; just love the sport!!

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