Good Colt restorer/refinisher?


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EmGeeGeorge
January 14, 2014, 11:41 PM
I've got my old 1903; had it reblued a while back. Looks good but thinking about getting it restored. Internals cleaned up/replaced, refinish to hi polish, case harden safetys and trigger, etc.

Any recommendations for 'smiths?

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dfariswheel
January 15, 2014, 07:41 PM
For an actual restoration, not just a half way "pretty up" the best is Doug Turnbull.
They are NOT cheap, but they are the best restoration specialists in the world.

They've studied all the old factory methods of bluing and color case hardening and are able to duplicate them.
No one does better color case hardening than them.
Colt Firearms has used Turnbull to do some color case work.

http://www.turnbullmfg.com/

If they're too steep for you, you may need to have the gunsmithing done in one place and the refinishing done by another specialist.

Gunsmithing can be done by Colt specialist Frank Glenn, or at a higher price and slower turn around, by Cylinder & Slide Shop:

http://www.glenncustom.com/

http://www.cylinder-slide.com/

For top quality re-bluing unless you go with someone like Turnbull you'll get a modern hot salts blue job.
This can look as shiny as the Colt Python Royal Blue, but won't be "correct" for the era the gun was made in. Not many of these also do color case hardening.

http://www.fordsguns.com/
Does Royal Blue level bluing and color case work.

Kp321
January 15, 2014, 07:57 PM
None better than Turnbull. His reputation is such that his restorations do not lose collectors value like a "reblue" would.

Jim Watson
January 15, 2014, 08:56 PM
From what I have seen pictured,
Ron's turns out some good looking guns.
http://www.ronsgunshop.com/
as does Steve Moeller
http://www.stevemoellerrestoration.com/

horsemen61
January 15, 2014, 09:00 PM
If i became a rich man I would buy an older gun and let Mr. Turnbull do his magic it is breathtaking

788Ham
January 19, 2014, 11:02 PM
There is also Ford's Complete Restoration in Fla.. Go onto that website and look at his work, amazing! Didn't mean to hijack the thread!

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