A Colt Only A Mother Could Love


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doc540
April 25, 2009, 04:58 PM
My 2nd Colt, local gun show find this morning. Guess that makes me a mutherlover. :neener:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/Colt%20Agent/ColtAgent003-1-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/Colt%20Agent/ColtAgent001-1-1.jpg

Fugly and has the smoothest factory action of any gun I've ever owned.

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pageophile
April 25, 2009, 07:21 PM
Well that is Fugly but I'm more than a little envious. Imagine the stories it could tell. Good on you sir for giving it a new home :D

doc540
April 25, 2009, 07:35 PM
Might just wrap the grip in tape and buy me some Gambino cigars.

Beagle-zebub
April 25, 2009, 08:10 PM
Thing looks like they found it behind the toilet tank. :D

As to the smoothness of that trigger, it's probably not factory, judging by the looks of every other part of that gun. Of course, this really doesn't matter (it's the smoothness that counts), but just sayin'.

doc540
April 25, 2009, 08:11 PM
Grips from the DS:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/Colt%20Agent/ColtAgent009-1.jpg

Now we're gettin' somewhere!:)

The Lone Haranguer
April 25, 2009, 08:20 PM
That looks like one of the roughly finished Agents that were produced toward the end of its production life. The lack of polishing - you can still see machining marks - and finishing is deliberate, to keep the price down.

pbearperry
April 25, 2009, 08:27 PM
This gun looks like it was certainly carried a lot and sweat on.

hatchetbearer
April 25, 2009, 08:27 PM
clean her up and keep her. Lucky i didnt find it first. myself id break out some metal cleaner, and some brasso and have that shining like a diamond by the next weekend.

doc540
April 25, 2009, 08:37 PM
eventually might go the Black T, bobbed hammer route

Then it'll be one of those EBH's (Evil Black Handguns) Rep. Nancy has nightmares about.;)

Gordon
April 25, 2009, 08:45 PM
I'd put on a Tyler T grip adapter on the wood factory stocks and carry the thing until the finish turns bare metal. I did that to a couple of them and became real handy with an Agent in the process! BTW the gun will prolly shoot to the sights with Rem 158 grain LSWCHP ammo which is the most effective in my experience.

doc540
April 25, 2009, 08:49 PM
(snaps finger) Tyler's!! Hadn't thought about that until you mentioned it.

Texas Colt
April 25, 2009, 09:27 PM
I like it. It has character. As long as it shoots straight, you've got a winner!

Cohibra45
April 25, 2009, 11:19 PM
All right doc, what you pick it up for??? Inquiring minds want to know!!!:D:D:D

Guillermo
April 26, 2009, 12:06 AM
Looks are nice but usability is paramount.

I would love to own that revolver...I would carry it every single day

savit260
April 26, 2009, 12:39 AM
I'd much rather have that Colt, and carry it, than a bunch of unfired safe queens.

I think that Agent is very cool.

armoredman
April 26, 2009, 01:47 AM
Thing looks like they found it behind the toilet tank.
Love that movie! "Leave the gun, take the cannolis."

ArchAngelCD
April 26, 2009, 02:14 AM
Nice looking working gun IMO...

doc540
April 26, 2009, 03:59 AM
might just make a working class hero out of it

Gordon
April 26, 2009, 11:38 AM
I have. These guns have just as smooth an action as the polished ones. Ditto the bore. They were made when Colt started Lazer sighting them for sight alignment and are sighted for 158 grain ammo at 25 yards I believe. I notice your walnut grips have that slight gap at the top, they all seem to with that particular grip, but it don't mean nothing. I carry my gun in an old Lawrence simple scabbard or more often in a Myka Pocket holster. I wore one out carrying in a now worn out Milt Sparks Summer Special.I actually went thru 3 Agents in my lifetime.

Brian Williams
April 26, 2009, 11:41 AM
Nice, that is a Colt I would even like.

doc540
April 26, 2009, 01:07 PM
"They were made when Colt started Lazer sighting them for sight alignment and are sighted for 158 grain ammo at 25 yards I believe."

Now I'm wondering how that process worked at Colt.:confused:

smilin-buddha
April 26, 2009, 01:18 PM
I would cherish that thing as a old car. And lovingly carry it.

federalfarmer
April 26, 2009, 01:32 PM
Great find ! but go back to original grip.

doc540
April 26, 2009, 02:37 PM
The DS grip sure gives me better control of it, and my life may depend on how well I'm able to control and shoot it.

krs
April 26, 2009, 03:35 PM
You're supposed to wrap the grip with cloth electrical tape.

Guillermo
April 26, 2009, 05:26 PM
BTW "cloth electrical tape" is known as "friction tape"

In addition to not taking fingerprints, it used to be popular for wrapping smooth wooden grips for its grippiness.

Friction tape is made by impregnating the cloth with a sticky rubber adhesive. This made the grip very tacky (One might argue for either definition of the word).

Like a lot of the old methods, it still works.

I have very fond memories of shooting an old pitted Colt Cobra which had had the barrel cut down from 4 inches. If memory serves it it had a brazilian police department stamp on the backtrap.

In addition to saying "bra" on the barrel I thought the friction taped grips were "gangster" (which is not to be confused with the modern "gangsta"). As a 13 year old I thought that was the coolest gun in the world. Now that I think about it, it is still cool.

Gordon
April 26, 2009, 05:43 PM
Colt shot a lazer out of barrel of their guns, I have been told, beginning in the early 80s , to insure sight alignment with bore. This was always a buggaboo with guns that were not test fired for groups during the QC process. You see it on todays guns quite a bit. When they fired them for group and signed the target you got in the box it was a very rare (I won't say never as I have seen quite a bit!) gun that the sights or barrel installation was in correct, a bad juju condition on a fixed sight weapon.

Dr.Rob
April 27, 2009, 06:28 PM
Just needs to be reparkerized, not a thing wrong with it.

doc540
April 27, 2009, 07:05 PM
"Just needs to be reparkerized..."

I think the parkerized portion is just fine. The aluminum frame is...uhhh..."weathered".

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/Colt%20Agent/ColtAgent001-3-1.jpg

VirgilCaine
April 27, 2009, 07:31 PM
I have very fond memories of shooting an old pitted Colt Cobra which had had the barrel cut down from 4 inches. If memory serves it it had a brazilian police department stamp on the backtrap.

In addition to saying "bra" on the barrel I thought the friction taped grips were "gangster" (which is not to be confused with the modern "gangsta"). As a 13 year old I thought that was the coolest gun in the world. Now that I think about it, it is still cool.

Now that's a gun with character. Very nice!

Guillermo
April 27, 2009, 08:42 PM
Now that's a gun with character

Sadly stolen by a crackhead. Was able to recover some of the items but not the old Colt.

Dr.Rob
April 28, 2009, 04:01 PM
Colt sold several aluminum framed revolvers with a parkerized finish in the 70's 80's. Obviously, THAT one saw some use. I'd re-park it (not that it's going to rust) and keep using it.

VirgilCaine
April 28, 2009, 11:05 PM
Sadly stolen by a crackhead. Was able to recover some of the items but not the old Colt.

...And now it's gaining more character...

Guillermo
April 28, 2009, 11:42 PM
And now it's gaining more character

sadly not the honorable kind I suspect

doc540
May 1, 2009, 09:00 PM
The Agent is baking in the oven this evening. What the hell, I'm trying this "Duracoat" thing.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/Colt%20Agent/Agent002-1.jpg
Taped off the trigger and hammer.

If I don't like it, I'll blast it off and do something else.

Right now I'm shopping for black friction tape for the grip. ;)

OHHH....and I shot it for the first time today!:what:

Six rounds of Speer +P Gold Dots. YIKES!!! What a fine little hand cannon it is.

savit260
May 2, 2009, 01:53 AM
I was really diggin' thas Colt the way it was.

doc540
May 2, 2009, 09:20 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/Colt%20Agent/Agent006-1.jpg

doc540
May 2, 2009, 09:46 AM
better light

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/Colt%20Agent/Agent010-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/Colt%20Agent/Agent009-1.jpg

Geno
May 2, 2009, 09:59 AM
Very nice work! You know, a Colt is a Colt, regardless of the finish. :cool:

CSA 357
May 2, 2009, 07:06 PM
Send it to me, ill give her a good home, csa

doc540
May 3, 2009, 04:42 PM
All dressed up with Jim Badger grips

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/Colt%20Agent/Agent005-1-1.jpg

tasco 74
May 3, 2009, 10:32 PM
that looks like my wifes baby..... it's a colt det spl but it don't have any shroud over the ejector rod..... it just kinda hangs out there... it has a cool little round barrel and original wood grips............. she's a mother and she loves it!!

LIFE IS SHORT.....

Texas Colt
May 6, 2009, 05:50 PM
Good job Doc. It looks great!

rcmodel
May 6, 2009, 05:55 PM
Colt sold several aluminum framed revolvers with a parkerized finish in the 70's 80's. You cannot Parkerize aluminum.

You can Anodize it, or Duracoat it, but you simply cannot Parkerize it.

Parkerizing is either a Manganese Phosphate or Zinc Phosphate crystalline structured coating that actually interacts with the steel surface it is applied to.

It will not work at all on aluminum alloy.

rc

scottishclaymore
May 6, 2009, 06:31 PM
Man. That is just awesome. Great gun. Glad to see it's going to get some use again.

Dr.Rob
May 6, 2009, 06:51 PM
I stand corrected re: actual parkerizing, still Colt sold revolvers with aluminum frames and a finish that LOOKED parkerized.

doc540
May 6, 2009, 08:31 PM
Hammer is on its way for bobbing and checkering, then it's back to master gunsmith Gary Dean for a trigger/action tune.

THEN we'll see if it bumps the DS from the coveted carry position.:cool:

Gordon
May 6, 2009, 09:07 PM
I'm sure the Dura Kote really bonds to it ! I had one Tefloned by Robar but sold it to a cop after I used it 5 years.
I wonder what they put on the Aluminum to look like parkerize.? I've never seen an anodize finish like that anywhere else except from Colt. Maybe DFerriswheel could solve the riddle?

Big Daddy Grim
May 6, 2009, 09:15 PM
I still like it no Colt is truly ugly.:D

Gordon
May 8, 2009, 12:31 AM
I decided not to make a new post out of a grea thread!
This is the 3rd Agent I've owned. The first was a nicely polished 1976 one I got while narking for back up. It uses the same speedloader as a K frame in a pince. We used the New Treasury load in the 66 snub as I shot in the Agent. Lots of free Treasury loads :eek: which loosened the gun up so I bought from Colt an unpolished one to replace it in 1980 or so.I shot that one quite a bit with wadcutters and such, having learned my +p+ lesson. I had Robar teflon it and bob the hammer ect, and carried it another 5 years or so until a LEO I knew had to have the "16 oz Python" :D
I got this one 20 years ago from old Stock still in inventory. I have taken it a part a few times and keep things timed and clean,;) and only shoot about 250 rounds a year of range 158 grain. I keep 158 grain Rem LSWCHP +p (the ;new +p;) which hits to the sights in little bitty groups. I like the Grip configuration well, I took off the custom grips long ago and can pretty much point shoot this at 7 yards. It is on my CCW(California demands ser # on back of card)and I don't like thumbsnaps and I do like hammers for cocked distant shots. This unusual leather is fortunealy suberbly made!
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/gordonhulme/006-2.jpg
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/gordonhulme/005-2.jpg

doc540
May 8, 2009, 09:46 AM
NICE pistol! (and no safe queen)

Texas Colt
May 8, 2009, 12:20 PM
Gordon, nice gun. And thanks for sharing your story.

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