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(Unknown Revolver) Crusty Colt 1917 New Service?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by AJAX22, May 3, 2013.

  1. AJAX22

    AJAX22 Well-Known Member


    Got a new treat for y'all

    This is (I think, please help me verify) a 1917 Colt New service which was originally a .45ACP revolver using moon clips.... I think..... not really sure what variant.

    She was uncovered by a guy who was digging a new foundation for his house in Vermont, I wish I could get more info but the guy who found her is dead as she has been hanging on the wall of a gunshop as a curiosity for a very, very long time.

    This is going to really push the limits of what can be restored.

    Oh and subscribe to my channel, it helps keep me motivated and working on projects










  2. AJAX22

    AJAX22 Well-Known Member

  3. ultramag44

    ultramag44 Well-Known Member

    Cool actually!

    There are some dealers on Gunbroker that would advertize it as: " a 90% gun" :scrutiny: :p :uhoh: :eek: :confused:
  4. ID-shooting

    ID-shooting Well-Known Member

    Naw, that would be LNIB and command a premium.

    Seriously though, along with the big museum in Cody, Wyoming there was a smaller one that specialized in guns and swords that have been dug up out of the ground. This looks like a good candidate.

  5. highpower

    highpower Well-Known Member

    Yep, it's a New Service and probably was a 1917. When newer it would have looked something like this;
  6. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    Very likely that it's a Colt New Service model, but you would need the cylinder to confirm it was a U.S. 1917 model. In those the cylinder was shorter them usual to make room at the back for the 1/2 moon clips.
  7. pendennis

    pendennis Well-Known Member

    Just wondering if a little Kroils would help?? :D :D :D
  8. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    Post some pictures when you have it restored and looking like new.

  9. AJAX22

    AJAX22 Well-Known Member

    I don't do cosmetic restoration ;)

    But functional is occasionally do-able



  10. Swing

    Swing Well-Known Member

    LMFAO! Sad, but true.
  11. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    Hey, that 1911 has Glock's new tacticool mall ninja surface texture.
    It commands a price premium, but only when applied to Tupperware.
  12. Mauser lover

    Mauser lover Well-Known Member

    I would subscribe to your youtube channel but... I don't know how to do that.

    I am looking forward to seeing this in working condition in a few months! Please take lots of pictures!

    I just read your entire thread on that 1911 yesterday.
  13. Maj Dad

    Maj Dad Well-Known Member

    7 Come 11

    I'll be watching this one, but it could be a little dicier pulling the trigger than the 1911. But AJAX22, I think you have historical basis for your work:


    Keep up the good work, and the superb entertainment for certain elder statesmen on the forum... ;)
    George J.
  14. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    Well, it is appears to be a New Service, but earlier than a Model 1917. The Model 1917 and later New Service models have the swell at the rear of the barrel; that one does not.

  15. AJAX22

    AJAX22 Well-Known Member





    Been making a bit of progress on this
  16. AJAX22

    AJAX22 Well-Known Member





    Next up ultrasonic cleaning.
  17. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    Yes, it's a New Service -- my favorite revolver. But the only way to tell if it's an M1917 would be from the cylinder or grips -- which are missing, and would be of walnut and bear inspector's marks -- or the markings, which seem to be unreadable.

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