Colt 1917 side plate screws


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Coyote3855
September 22, 2011, 01:03 PM
I recently bought a Colt 1917. Reblued, so a shooter. Locks up tight, decent shape except the side plate screws are buggered. There is also a screw on the left side of the frame, just above the grips near the back strap that's damaged. Is this also a sideplate screw? Schematic is unclear.

I've tried all the usual places for replacement screws for 1917 and New Service with no luck. Popperts, Coltparts.com, Numrich/Gunparts, etc. Any ideas for a source would be appreciated. Thanks.

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rcmodel
September 22, 2011, 02:58 PM
Yes it is a sideplate screw.

The Colt only has two.
One above the trigger and one above the grip.

The one big screw on the right side is a cap screw that actually holds the spring loaded cylinder crane retainer in place.

Sounds like you already tried the usual suspects as far as replacement screws.
So I don't know what to tell you.


I can tell you though, that unless the screw slots are missing big chunks of metal, they can be repaired to near like new.

* You need a steel bench block with a hole that will allow the threaded part to drop in, and support the head.
* Then use a polished smooth face punch & small hammer to tappy-tap-tap the buggers back where they came from.
* Clean up the slot with a needle file.
* Then spin them in a drill and hold a piece of 320 grit black sandpaper against the screw head to polish it.
* Finally, touch-up blue the head with Brownell's Oxpho-Blue cold bluing.

rc

Standing Wolf
September 22, 2011, 03:04 PM
Hey, rcmodel, I didn't know screws can be unbuggered!

If they're too badly messed up to be spiffed back up, Coyote3855, take your question to http://www.coltforum.com/forums/ and ask the experts. Parts for old Colt revolvers are and aren't hard to find and do and don't cost the infamous "arm and a leg."

Coyote3855
September 22, 2011, 03:28 PM
Thanks, rcmodel. Helps to know the right names. I figured the screw on the right side above the trigger was a retaining screw of some sort holding that pin. If I can't find replacments, I'll try the tappy tap method.

MMCSRET
September 22, 2011, 04:41 PM
Talk to "coltparts.com" and "Jack First". Replacements maybe available, new and used.

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