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October 26, 2008, 07:49 PM
I picked up some crappy old pistol at the gun show. I got a good deal because the grip and thumb safeties had fallen off...


I offered to take it off the guy's hands, and he agreed...

James K
October 26, 2008, 08:20 PM
The grips are pretty bad home workshop jobs. Try this site for grips. While the URL points at wood grips, I think they also have the black plastic that mimic the old hard rubber.


I tried to find the plastic, but that web site is about the world's worst, even though their grips are very good.

I don't suppose I have to say this, but will anyway, being a $%^*&(. Do not fire that gun with .38 Super ammo and never fire it without the slide lock (the front key) in place. And do not try to drive the slide lock out; remove it by pushing in on the recoil spring plug.


October 26, 2008, 08:41 PM
Oh, they're obviously homemade stocks, but they look better in person than that photo would suggest. They appear to be walnut and quite old. I'll probably add some repros (although this is the first gun I've owned that I've given serious thoughts about sending to Turnbull...)

I was hoping to find a vintage box of .38 Auto at the show, but struck out. I reckon I'll just turn to my loading bench and some leftover .38 Super brass, now that I have no guns that fire the latter cartridge.

One vendor did have a bunch of Triple K mags, but since I'm not planning on taking it to Thunder Ranch between now and Christmas, I figured that purchase could wait 'til the next show. ;)

I need to get a takedown plug, as the gun is missing its original one, which reduces me to needing a punch for takedown. Hopefully I won't come up empty at Numrich, 'cause machine time ain't cheap. :(

October 26, 2008, 09:28 PM
Cool, I've never even seen one in "real life"

October 26, 2008, 11:07 PM
Bonus! Repro Colt 1902 stocks at Brownells. Part No. 121-100-023 (http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/productdetail.aspx?p=1746&st=&s=)

I know what I want for Christmas! :cool:

October 27, 2008, 05:14 PM
I wonder if Turnbull can do alot with those big pitted areas, however. You might consider a Colt letter but that is big bucks too. Track down the history of the gun. And I am sure it has some interesting history behind it. Besides really good repro grips for it, I might not do anything much to it just yet. You know the pitting could be from the blood of a gangster, or some kind of well used carry gun in the late west, or something else interesting.

October 27, 2008, 05:41 PM
I really do need to get it lettered. The s/n dates it to 1912, and I'm dying to find out as much of its story as I can.

October 28, 2008, 01:22 PM
The pitting was probably the result of people like me drooling on it. Nothing that a little bondo wouldn't clear up. ;)

Can it be a shooter?

October 28, 2008, 01:58 PM
As soon as I get some ammo for it (and maybe a new slide stop, just for range use) it will be a shooter.

More stuff about it, including a couple more photos, at The Arms Room (http://cosmolineandrust.blogspot.com/2008/10/classic-colt-1-model-1902-military.html).