Need Help With Colt "FITZ" Cobra???


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wkdk2
July 1, 2004, 02:15 AM
I think I Have a Fitz type Cobra. I am going to send away to Colt to see if I can get a letter, but was looking for info. It is a Colt Cobra in about 92% with Brown Plastic colt grips (no gold Medallion). The only marks on the gun other then the Cobra info is the serial # 105** a LW under the serial number then a space then a letter K. There is also a W on the rear of the trigger guard. There is a "S" on the butt of the gun under the right grip. It has a bobbed hammer and a cutaway trigger guard. Can any one give me info on if this could be a real "fitz" gun? Also what is the value of these gun?

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Kendall
WKDK2@adelphia.net

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Josey
July 1, 2004, 03:09 AM
Hmmm? Old Fuff and others will be here shortly. My opinion? No. These were knocked off by several copycats. I read an article a couple of years ago on how to make one DIY at home. A Colt letter is expensive. Paul FITZ Jones? AFAIK, all the Fitz specials had custom grips.

Old Fuff
July 1, 2004, 11:28 AM
The original "Fitz" revolvers that were personally associated with J. Henry FitzGerald were all built on steel-framed guns, because "Fitz" was either retired or had passed away by the time the aluminum framed Cobra came along. However a number of gunsmiths who were good, bad and indifferent, continued to modify ordinary revolvers to this configuration, and Colt's service department probably did some for special customers. I know of at least one Cobra that meets the description of the gun in question. It belonged to Paul B. Weston, who was a noted firearms instructor with the New York City Police Department. What I don't know is if it was built by Colt, or someone else.

The Cobra has an aluminum frame that is usually black/blue anodized. If Colt built the one Wkdk2 has it would have been modified before it was anodized. If it was done outside the factory it is possible - even probable - that the metal is bright or otherwise finished where the trigger guard was cut away. Also, because the work was done on a custom basis the workmanship (when it was done at Colt) was impeccable.

Some other points:

Colt usually (but not always) left the single-action feature intact, and checkered the top of the bobbed hammer. Aftermarket guns may or may not be DAO and the top of the hammer is usually serrated or smooth.

The question of getting a factory letter is a difficult one. They are expensive, but if the owner of any Fitz style revolver can prove that their gun originated at the Colt factory the increase in value will more then cover the cost of the letter. The likelihood of a genuine Fitz/Cobra is possible, but not probable.

wkdk2
July 1, 2004, 11:51 AM
Old Fuff,
I sent you a email with a additional question but to answer the other questions. The hammer does still work in single action. the hammer is smooth on top and the metal is blacked bit I do not think it is anodized where the trigger was removed, although it is possible there is wear there from being shot. What is the cost of a letter from Colt and if you were me would you send for a letter?

thanks agian
Kendall

Old Fuff
July 1, 2004, 06:59 PM
I answered your e-mail, hopefully with what you wanted to know.


You'd have to check with Colt's Customer Service Department for current information on what a letter would cost. My estimate would be around 80 to 100 dollars.

Rather then hurry to get a letter I'd see what more information might turn up on this thread. Given that the finish (?) where the trigger guard was cut away appears to be a "touch up" and the hammer isn't "coined" with a checkered pattern leads me to think that it isn't a Colt Fitz, but I could be wrong.

Gordon
July 2, 2004, 01:15 AM
About 100% sure it wasn't Colt(Fitz) modified. :cool:

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