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rescued a colt Officers model match .22mag

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bigtubby, Nov 12, 2012.

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  1. Guillermo

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    Colt has one of my Diamondbacks for repair.

    I am going to see what turn around time is before I send them a gun to refinish. Ford's has reasonable turn around time.

    One of my Diamondback snubs is a very early model and has been abused by an idiot with some steel wool. I don't mind a revolver that looks well used...but I hate the look of abuse.

    But she is safe now :D
     
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    I like old sixguns with honest wear. Damage or wear from abuse sticks in my craw. My 27-2 I picked up for a song but it's got rust freckles all over it. I can't live with that. Sometimes you don't mind wear but you want it to be YOUR wear. ;)
     
  3. Guillermo

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    a lot of rust like that is abuse.

    I am not an N frame guy, but the 27 was their flagship. It is a magnificently constructed revolver.

    If you decide you like it I can certainly see why you would refinish.
     
  4. SwampWolf

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    So long as the revolver is in good mechanical condition, I'd contact Colt to see what they charge for a refinish. A documented factory refinish is the next best thing to the original finish. In the section of the Blue Book of Gun Values titled Grading Criteria, author and publisher S.P. Fjestad wrote, "...if anyone other than the factory has refinished the gun, its value as a collector's item has been diminished...(emphasis mine)." And not to disparage the op's Colt revolver in question (a great find for the money for sure, by the way), but the existing finish appears bad enough that any good refinish and/or restoration will only add to the value. The only real issue in this case in my mind is cost-it wouldn't be prudent to pay so much for a refinish/restoration job that the same money could otherwise go toward buying the same revolver in good, original condition.
     
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    Well if the OP decides it is worth selling, well that should be taken into account of how much he thinks he would get versus how much he spent on restoring it.

    I am a complete and utter novice when it comes to used gun prices/collectors prices.

    I personally would send it to the company that originally made the gun and have them do it. You guys may know a better option but that is my opinion.
     
  6. 22-rimfire

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    This is one I would send to Colt for refinish, refurbish, and parts replacement.
     
  7. bigtubby

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    Colt will not refinish it but they reccomed a company about $ 400 and 8 month turn around
     
  8. Quoheleth

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    From the post Guillermo linked to with the Smith Model 10, call Smith and see if they would refinish your Colt :neener:

    Seriously.

    Price is right ($275), turn-around appears to be reasonable (2 months), and the worst they can say is, "Thanks but no thanks."

    Before you say they would never do that, Springfield Armory will work on other manufacturer's guns if the gun meets their standards and inspection.

    Q
     
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