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imported_lunde
05-07-2005, 5:06 AM
I found a LNIB Colt Delta Elite in California in early 2004 that costed me only $700. It's now a much better pistol...

I received on Wednesday its frame that has been with Terry Tussey since last October, getting the following done: Bobtail (using the Ed Brown 25lpi-checkered Bobtail MSH), 30lpi-checkered front strap, undercut the trigger guard, convert the safety back to single-sided using the Ed Brown Tactical part, and install slimline grip screw bushings. It turned out great, and I was especially pleased with how Terry undercut the trigger guard. I had a set of AlumaGrips waiting for it, slimline, Tactical Checkered, in black, with Delta medallions, and with a Bobtail cut.

The last thing I will have done to this pistol, before I declare it to be done, is to have Bar-Sto fit a new (ramped) barrel, and the wheels are already in motion for this. Included in that will be a new (fitted) bushing with chamfered edges.

For reference, here is what the pistol looked like when I first got it, in January of 2004, with the only modification being a full-length guide rod:

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/cde-ss-left-full.jpg

Also for reference, here is what the pistol looked like after John Jardine did an extensive rebuild and overhaul (Ed Brown memory groove beavertail grip safety, flat MSH, Novak's sights front and rear which involved cutting new dovertails, trigger job, new hammer, ambi safety, an oversized safety, and a refinish):

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/de-ss-new-left-full.jpg

Since then, I ended up changing the safety as the oversized one was too big. I also sent its slide to Tooltech to have night sights (Trijicon tritium tubes) installed, with yellow rear dots and no white outlines.

Anyway, here is what the pistol looks like as of last night (the sixth photo shows well the profile of the trigger guard undercut):

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/delta-bobtail-left-full.jpg

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/delta-bobtail-right-full.jpg

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/delta-bobtail-left-rear.jpg

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/delta-bobtail-right-rear.jpg

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/delta-bobtail-left-close-1.jpg

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/delta-bobtail-left-close-2.jpg

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/delta-bobtail-right.jpg

Needless to say, I am very pleased with how this pistol has turned out.

imported_lunde
05-07-2005, 5:06 AM
I found a LNIB Colt Delta Elite in California in early 2004 that costed me only $700. It's now a much better pistol...

I received on Wednesday its frame that has been with Terry Tussey since last October, getting the following done: Bobtail (using the Ed Brown 25lpi-checkered Bobtail MSH), 30lpi-checkered front strap, undercut the trigger guard, convert the safety back to single-sided using the Ed Brown Tactical part, and install slimline grip screw bushings. It turned out great, and I was especially pleased with how Terry undercut the trigger guard. I had a set of AlumaGrips waiting for it, slimline, Tactical Checkered, in black, with Delta medallions, and with a Bobtail cut.

The last thing I will have done to this pistol, before I declare it to be done, is to have Bar-Sto fit a new (ramped) barrel, and the wheels are already in motion for this. Included in that will be a new (fitted) bushing with chamfered edges.

For reference, here is what the pistol looked like when I first got it, in January of 2004, with the only modification being a full-length guide rod:

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/cde-ss-left-full.jpg

Also for reference, here is what the pistol looked like after John Jardine did an extensive rebuild and overhaul (Ed Brown memory groove beavertail grip safety, flat MSH, Novak's sights front and rear which involved cutting new dovertails, trigger job, new hammer, ambi safety, an oversized safety, and a refinish):

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/de-ss-new-left-full.jpg

Since then, I ended up changing the safety as the oversized one was too big. I also sent its slide to Tooltech to have night sights (Trijicon tritium tubes) installed, with yellow rear dots and no white outlines.

Anyway, here is what the pistol looks like as of last night (the sixth photo shows well the profile of the trigger guard undercut):

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/delta-bobtail-left-full.jpg

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/delta-bobtail-right-full.jpg

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/delta-bobtail-left-rear.jpg

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/delta-bobtail-right-rear.jpg

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/delta-bobtail-left-close-1.jpg

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/delta-bobtail-left-close-2.jpg

http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/photos/delta-bobtail-right.jpg

Needless to say, I am very pleased with how this pistol has turned out.

colossians323
05-07-2005, 8:53 AM
That is one beautiful piece of stainless.
How much did the finished product run you?

GTKrockeTT
05-07-2005, 8:06 PM
i really need to stop looking at your posted pictures. my bank account tends to suffer as an immediate result.

USCG1988
05-07-2005, 8:24 PM
Absolutely superb!

USCG

edizon
05-07-2005, 8:48 PM
Ken, you ROCK!

When are we going to shoot it?
I'll bring the ammo ;]

ARCTIC
05-07-2005, 8:56 PM
That definetely turned out sweet!
-Arc

kalibear
05-08-2005, 9:57 PM
Wow! Love that bobtail, very nice http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

imported_DULLYJAY
05-09-2005, 8:52 AM
If you ever need someone to help you shoot all those grat pistos of yours give me a call. I also have room in mysafe too. No charge at all. Hows that for services http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif?

jdberger
05-10-2005, 9:12 PM
Great fit on the MSH. Nice photos too.

How does it shoot with the Bobtail? I've never really considered one on a 5", as I thought that they added more to concealability than to shootability...

BTW, Doc, I live for your pics...thanks.