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Old July 23, 2010, 08:07 AM   #1
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1913 Army Service 32-20

I just picked this up at a neighboring town gun store.I found it on G.B. and noticed it was semi local.Called them up,went and looked made an offer it was accepted.It is in better condition that you could expect for a shooter quality 1913 Colt.Action like butter,sweet,sweet, trigger pull S/A and D/A.I have 9 Colts various years and configurations,this one smacks the rest down for finish,black glass.The 'I' frame Colts are the best revolver frame ever created by man,in my not so humble opinion.
I was wrong on the date,it is 1913,fire blued screws,give away.
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Old July 23, 2010, 08:29 AM   #2
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Damn! Sweet!

I have two Smith & Wesson .32-20s, and neither one comes remotely close to being that nice!
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Old July 23, 2010, 08:39 AM   #3
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Beautiful piece Long....and it's time to re-do the deck sealing! Rod
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Old July 23, 2010, 08:51 AM   #4
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I was hoping you would not notice,it will be done before the snow flies. it looks that bad because I pressure washed it a week ago and it won't stop raining long enough to dry and seal.
This was one of the revolvers you once in while find a lump of coal and turn it to a diamond.I did nothing more than solvent washed everything,dried it and waxed it.
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Old July 23, 2010, 11:32 AM   #5
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Such a pretty thing,,,

I love the tapered barrel on that revolver,,,
It has an elegant look to it,,,
Envy abounds.

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Old July 23, 2010, 12:28 PM   #6
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You know, generally I'm not much of a fan of Colt revolvers of any time frame, much preferring Smith & Wessons...

But man, no one could put a polish and blue finish on a revolver like Colt could in the early days.
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Old July 23, 2010, 12:48 PM   #7
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An outstanding find. The finish looks nearly new.
I thought my 32-20 Army Special was in good shape for its age (made 1926) It still has most of the original finish, but unlike yours, mine has darkened and dulled a little over time.

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Old July 23, 2010, 02:36 PM   #8
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Mike,
Yours would look as nice if you,wipe the revolver down with solvent (Hoppes#9) and dry thoroughly with a soft clean towel/rag. Remove as much of the solvent as you can.Then wax your revolver with the best wax you can find,high quality car wax will work,no wax' that has cleaners added.Let dry dry hard(white) and buff with clean soft dry towel.I stopped oiling my guns years ago,clean up is easier and finger prints disappear with little effort.It' good enough for museums on their firearms good enough for mine.
Wal-Mart sells cloth diapers,best material for wiping butts and guns.

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Old July 23, 2010, 02:44 PM   #9
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But man, no one could put a polish and blue finish on a revolver like Colt could in the early days.
Mr. Irwin you are so correct,This is the best finished revolver I have ever owned.I am in awe of the finish,pure black glass and fire blued screws and trigger.I knew it was nice but it looked a lot like Mikes 1926. 30 min clean up and thats what was under 98 years of oil.
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Old July 23, 2010, 04:37 PM   #10
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Wish my 1931 OP looked that nice.
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Old July 23, 2010, 04:45 PM   #11
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It's a truly beautiful old Colt revolver longranger. Wish it was mine.
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Old July 23, 2010, 04:48 PM   #12
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As long as were admiring .32-20's, here's mine, albeit, a Smith of pre-war vintage...I've posted it before, just can't remember if it was here. At any rate, here goes. Elegante, eh Komrads. Love those early ones.

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Old July 24, 2010, 12:30 AM   #13
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LongRanger,

Thanks for the advise. I`ll give it a try.
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Old July 24, 2010, 12:42 AM   #14
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As long as we are on a 32-20 kick, here are a few more.

S&W 32-20 Hand Ejector. 1920. An old reblue, but it`s still a good shooter.



Colt Police Positive Special 32-20. Made 1918. It`s been reblued and not even all that great of a job of reblueing. But like the Smith, it`s still a good shooter.



I bought this one thinking it was an Official Police 32-20. But when I checked the serial number I found it was too old. It`s actually an Army Special that has been rebarreled with an Official Police barrel.
Even if it`s not exactly what I thought it was, it`s still a nice shooter, and has real pearl grips.

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Old July 24, 2010, 06:54 AM   #15
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Kinda makes you wonder what the old girl has seen in almost a century.
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Old July 24, 2010, 07:06 PM   #16
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Oh my goodness that sure is a beautiful Colt. Give the girl a good home.
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Old July 24, 2010, 08:48 PM   #17
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As good as ever made

I have a 32-20 made 1910, and a 38 Special made 1916. They shoot great, the 32-20 has an excellant reblue, the 38 is only 50/60%, no rust. They have the best feeling action ever, right up there with my Python.
My nephew at about age 12 shot it and said "Uncle Lee you should give me that gun". Yes, it is left to him. 100 years old this year, still shooting good.
The fit of these pistols is beyong compare, the seam at the front of the crane will not catch your finger nail. Nobody did it better.


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Old July 25, 2010, 08:10 AM   #18
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I've had the desire lately for a classic 32-20. Ya'll might just push me over the edge.
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Old July 25, 2010, 09:21 PM   #19
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I made a monster out of mine:



It had already been Parkerized when I picked it up anyways, so whatever collectors' value it had was gone already. Still, it's a fun shooter.
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