Yep Draeger mine also came from the Florida HP when they had them a few years back. Here's a new set of stocks I got at the gun show and put on it. Feels and shoots a lot better now.
Well Queeqeg I hope you can find one. I was in SC last week and we went to a pawn shop and they had one just like mine for $950. I almost had a heart attack when I seen that. It was near perfect the finish and all but I'll bet the farm that it don't shoot no better than the one I got for $350 OTD. Maybe I got lucky for once. I don't sell my guns so I really don't care. Good luck.
Lot of the older wheel guns can be found in pawn shops and gunshows if you look hard and usually at really fair prices. More important then finish of the gun is cylinder play, a.k.a cylinder timing (I am sure many of you what I am talking about, so please excuse my rambling). For a quick check, hold the pistol in one hand grip the cylinder with the other and see if and how much play there is in it. A very small amount of play, about 1/32 or less of inch is fairly normal, infact compare against a new pistol (of good quality) and you will see what I mean. Basically this is a good indication of how rough the pistol was used (lots of hot loads, etc...).
Often poor timing is repairable, but if excessive wear is found it can be as serious as frame wear. To much play in the cylinder can cause the chamber to not fully align with the barrel, which is a bad situation.
Last edited by DRAEGER; 05-02-2007 at 04:54 PM.
well I'll just have to console myself with the brand new two tone Sig 229 I ordered instead
This is pretty typical of older Colt DA guns. Its usually a simple fix, as its either the hand or trigger (or both) which are easily replaced by a home gunsmith. Parts are readily available from Numrich (Gun Parts Corp). Colt didn't case harden these parts as did Smith, so wear is pretty common.
I had one old Colt New Service that I had as a kid, that I had to finish cylinder rotation by hand before firing.
EEKKK! That one word "Home Gunsmith" often scares me! Being that I went to school for it, worked for a few large gunmakers, owned my a shop and have seen the aftermath of the "home gunsmith" it gives me the willys... I'd prefer the term "people of competent ability".
I suppose its like most skilled trades, some people just are not as skilled as they think they are.
But I consider the simple replacement of parts as "home gunsmithing." Certainly most avid gunnies have on hand enough proper tools to replace parts without damage.
And, in so doing, a gun is out of action only so long as it takes to locate a needed part and get it in and installed.
Beats three to six months at the local shop, or $70.00 tacked on for shipping. in addition to the repair charges.
I have no doubt you and many people here on these forums are skilled enough (I've read many of your post) and eager to play, so I mean no offense to anyone and I am not picking on any one person or social class, but the average person is usually alot more like Forest Gump when it comes to most repairs of anything technical or not, even if they don't want to admit it. Thats one reason so many tech support lines and hospital emergency rooms stay busy... (I wish I was joking). Human behavoir is if nothing else, amusing
I say this with my wife spending many years working in an E.R. and seeing the dumb things people do because they are "skilled" and many years of people bringing their boo-boo's to me to fix, solve or repair.
And if it takes 3-6 months at the local shop, that shop either needs more skilled help or a better business plan. Shipping is the curse of a lifetime warranty
Last edited by DRAEGER; 05-04-2007 at 05:33 PM.