Great Find at a Gun Show this weekend


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exbrit49
December 12, 2012, 09:32 PM
Been shooting smoke poles and revolvers for a long time and usually take a look at any I see going at a fair price.
At the gun show this weekend I saw an 1860 Army Colt. It looked to be in really nice condition and from what I could tell it hadnt had but a handful of rouind through it. It was a brass frame but I have several brass framed "58s" and another Pietta Colt and with my favorite load of 25 grains FFFg, they function great!
I made an offer and was stunned to find my self the new owner of the colt for well under $100.
Did the research when I got it home and was pleased to confirm that after stripping it down it shows no wear and as suspected had been fired very little.
It turns out to be an ASP ( later to become Euroarms). It carries a 1983 year marking, so its been around a while but wow no rust and really nice condition.
Now for my question? From appearances, this colt seems to be of a higher quality than the Pieta and trigger pull is less than 2 pounds and silky smooth.
What has been the experince of other owners and whats the view on the ASPs. Also are parts still available?
Will get some photos done tomorrow and also if its warm enough, make some smoke!

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Malachi Leviticus Blue
December 12, 2012, 10:46 PM
The newer Piettas & Ubertis are gorgeous, but comparing the older 1970's and 80's examples I think the Armi San Paolos/ Euroarms are the best. I have a few and think highly of them.

Hellgate
December 13, 2012, 01:27 AM
I've never owned a brasser ASP/Euroarms but the others I have owned seem to have a slicker action right out of the box than steel framed ones. Maybe the internals wear in faster against the brass than against steel.

Jim, West PA
December 13, 2012, 08:10 AM
Good deal exbrit.
C&B'ers at gun shows 'round here are usualy over priced.Most times tho, they just don't know what they have and price 'em like center fires.
But, at LGS's, i have found that it's been pretty easy to talk 'em into the correct, or lower price range.

arcticap
December 13, 2012, 05:42 PM
Also are parts still available?

Winchester Sutler lists parts for the Euroarms 1860 near the bottom of the page:

http://winchestersutler.com/Part.html

Home page:

http://winchestersutler.com/

S&S Firearms was a large Euroarms distributor and could have the largest stockpile of parts:

www.ssfirearms.com

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