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shanecrosby
01-06-2010, 10:18 PM
My Dad just found and passed on to me my Great Grandfather's Colt .38 revolver. He was a Sheriff in Montana. The hammer spring assembly is broken and will obviously need replacing. Top of the barrel has imprinted: COLT'S PT.F A. MFG. CO HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.
PATENTED AUG.5.1884 NOV.6.88. MAR.5.95.

COLT. D. A. 38
Serial # seems to be 479.

Can anyone assist me with gathering more information.

Year Made?

Should I have the nickel plating refinished?

Do the grips look original?


Thanks a bunch. This means a lot to me.

Shane

big jon
01-07-2010, 6:09 AM
http://www.proofhouse.com/colt/index.html

spencerhut
01-07-2010, 6:54 AM
The hammer spring assembly is broken and will obviously need replacing.

Should I have the nickel plating refinished?

Do the grips look original?

This means a lot to me.


Fix what is broken.

Leave the nickel alone, just clean and lube it.

I'd leave the grips alone too.

dadjx2
01-07-2010, 7:07 AM
Refinishing can adversely effect collector value. Look for the serial number on the frame stamped on the grip bottom. The grips are not original. Check: http://www.coltforum.com/forums/index.php

littlejake
01-07-2010, 8:24 AM
Colt has an archival division that can do research on the revolver and issue a letter on its provenance. They can likely tell you who it was originally shipped to. Costs a few bucks, but considering the history of the revolver, I think it well worth it.

http://www.coltsmfg.com/archive.aspx

Also, I agree with fix what's broken and clean what's not.

RedFord150
01-07-2010, 8:29 AM
Fullerton is not far from me. I wish 'The Gunsight' was still around. They were a FANTASTIC gunsmith in Placentia. They did good work for me and several of my friends. I would trust them with this. Unfortunately, they are long gone.
I would also say leave the finish alone.
Find a REALLY qualified gunsmith that knows these Colt revolvers well. Let him go through it and tell you what you need.
Good luck.