Two Colt projects


November 11, 2012, 08:05 AM
These Colts are just back from the engraver. They are a 1917 and an Army Special in .41 Long Colt which has been Fitzed. This ends an almost three year project. Some additional mechanical work will need to be done by Dave Chicoine in the future.

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November 11, 2012, 12:04 PM
That's a couple of VERY classy looking guns you got there. I'm having trouble deciding if the engraving is aesthetically over the top or not FOR ME. But there is no doubt at all that the workmanship is of a very high caliber.

The finish appears to be in the white. If that is what it is are you planning on having them blued or nickeled at some point yet? Or simply work at keeping them oiled?

November 11, 2012, 12:31 PM
Beautiful sixguns!!!

November 11, 2012, 12:34 PM
The finish is a satin nickel. My pics wash the color out due to bright lights. The finish is darker then the pics indicate. Here are some pics when both revolvers were in the white prior to the satin nickel finish.

November 11, 2012, 12:35 PM
Very cool looking colts man.

Jim Watson
November 11, 2012, 12:50 PM
Very handsome, but I think I would have had the mechanical work done before the engraving. I am sure Mr C will take care of them but I would have wanted to have them functioning right before sinking the cost of engraving.

Baba Louie
November 11, 2012, 12:53 PM
A fine pair to draw to sir. Well done. Very well done.

Question... where does one find .41 Long Colt ammunition to feed the Fabulous Fitz? Or will they both be regulated to Safe Queen/Display status only? (never mind ammo question, found some at CTD)

November 11, 2012, 01:18 PM
Baba Louie
Both revolvers are to be safe queens, never to be fired by me. As for the .41 LC Ammo. I have collected it for several years, plus reloading it for my collection of Army Specials in .41 LC.

November 11, 2012, 04:41 PM
Dayyyymmm! Them's purdy! I particularly like the first one. Fitzing doesn't do much for me.

November 11, 2012, 06:28 PM
That 1917 is beautiful, and I normally don't care for engraved guns. Simply gorgeous.

November 11, 2012, 06:28 PM
Beautiful! Those are a couple pieces of art!

November 11, 2012, 06:52 PM
I don't normally like engraving, but in engraving's defense, most of the ones I see tend to be overdone (to my personal taste)

Love the clean spaces here and there, beautifully done. I actually like those two.

November 11, 2012, 06:57 PM
You sir will be the king of the BBQs! Nice work and very elegant.

November 11, 2012, 08:01 PM
Those are nice looking pistols.

royal barnes
November 11, 2012, 09:52 PM
Very nice! I really like the Fitz.:)

November 12, 2012, 11:19 AM
A question on the satin nickel finish. Is it safe to use rig grease on the satin nickel?.. If not, what can I use to protect the finish.

November 13, 2012, 10:18 AM

Those are two of the most beautiful revolvers I've seen in quite some time....The engraving is tastefully done and not at all over the top for me. It's great to see there are still people that view guns as works of art and have the vision to see them to completion.

People usually love or hate Fitz revolvers and I am certainly in the former! There is another member on here that just Fitz'd a Colt recently and it was very nice as well. You guys keep up the good work.

I have owned a couple nickel guns for many years and I just use a very light coat of a quality gun oil to protect the finish. Some use paste wax to protect and preserve the finish but with all the engraving it may take a while to detail those out.

November 13, 2012, 01:30 PM

Absolutely stunning pair of Colts you have there! Nicely done all the way around, especially with the engraving and the satin nickel finish.

As for the satin nickel, I have never had a gun in that finish so I couldn't say what's safe or effective to use on the guns. I would probably contact whoever did the refinishing to see what they recommend as far as cleaning and preservation of the finish goes.

November 13, 2012, 01:35 PM
While I love bright nickel on otherwise plain guns, I adore engraved guns that are satin nickeled. Really makes the engraving stand out! There's a Colt SAA in one of Doc O`Meara's books that has a contrasting satin/polished finish that makes my mouth water every time. If I remember right, it had oak leaf engraving and was done just right. Gorgeous sixgun!

November 13, 2012, 05:06 PM
I'm worried oil or grease will stain, as the satin nickel seems to be almost porous and oil would soak into the finish. For now I'm keeping them wiped down until I get more information. Thank's for all the compliments.

November 13, 2012, 06:00 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // Outstanding in every way, sir.

Three years and still a work in progress.
All done with no intention of shooting them.
I am impressed by your passion for turning vintage firearms into works of art.

What color was the 1917 at the beginning of this project?... blue, brown ...

November 13, 2012, 06:17 PM
Here are a few pics of both guns before they were engraved.
The Army Special.
The 1917 Colt.

November 13, 2012, 06:27 PM

I'd contact the person or company that plated your revolvers and ask them what they recommend for protecting the finish. I'm not 100% sure but oil shouldn't soak through nickel plating.

November 13, 2012, 11:33 PM
BreakFree CLP will be fine on your nickel. I'd have a really hard time not shooting them though.

November 13, 2012, 11:42 PM
Neat! (my Brazilian 1917 is giving me a funny look)

November 15, 2012, 07:12 PM
TYVM for the before photos,, that is an amazing transformation.
I will start looking at finish challenged examples as a possible beginning.

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