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wags0306
04-24-2010, 8:24 AM
I have an older Colt 1911 38 super thats pretty weathered. I want to restore it to what it should have looked like new but Im afraid that it might be worth more if its in the state it is now.

What do you guys think?

http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk305/riverbum4life/?action=view&current=1911.jpg

wags0306
04-24-2010, 8:25 AM
http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk305/riverbum4life/1911.jpg?t=1272122704

benbangui
04-24-2010, 8:53 AM
i dont know about it being worth more, but i will say it looks pretty sweet "old school" the way it is :)

NiteQwill
04-24-2010, 8:56 AM
Leave it. Wear is good.

Capt_Communist
04-24-2010, 9:16 AM
Keep it old school... much cooler, plus it's history

Saigon1965
04-24-2010, 9:21 AM
Unless you go full blown custom on her - Leave her and enjoy the old blueing thats left on her -

GM4spd
04-24-2010, 9:26 AM
You may want to leave it as it is---it is certainly worth more in it's
original condition. Any refinished pistol has 0 % Original finish. There are
a lot of 38 Super pistols that can be purchased for shooting. Pete

CenterX
04-24-2010, 9:29 AM
Leave it natural and care for it with a nice oiling.
I refinished a few guns that were in actual poor condition and would challenge all to do the same in most cases it is good firearm safety and stewardship.
In this case - I'm sorta on the fence but would keep it natural and oiled.

smittty
04-24-2010, 9:33 AM
I would refinish it, change the mainspring housing to a flat one, long trigger, 25 LPI front strap, lower and flare ejection port.

Or leave it as is!

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk305/riverbum4life/1911.jpg?t=1272122704

evidens83
04-24-2010, 10:06 AM
I'd leave it alone.

ponderosa
04-24-2010, 10:14 AM
Leave it and love it, that is sweet!!!

Ducman
04-24-2010, 10:16 AM
I always prefer this

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb224/Naciones73/Grubby%20TRS/TRSBench2.jpg

over this


http://i41.tinypic.com/kbvu9u.jpg
That stays in the safe and not enjoy it

rhbanjo
04-24-2010, 10:37 AM
Why not leave it the way it is and use that as an excuse to buy a new one!

Jim McCoin
04-24-2010, 10:41 AM
I wouldn't touch it, it has great patina. As you can see that's how most folks feel.

Jim

patriot_man
04-24-2010, 10:47 AM
yep I would keep it the way it is. Looks great anyways

PatriotnMore
04-24-2010, 10:47 AM
Collectors, correct me if I am wrong but, isn't the value of the gun worth more if it is left alone, over reconditioning it?

marcus_bervus
04-24-2010, 11:07 AM
if it is not broken, don't fix it.....

LEAVE IT ALONE, the looks gives it CHARACTER!!

wags0306
04-24-2010, 11:14 AM
Looks like shes staying old and beat up. Thanks for the feedback I was on the fence before but now im saying no way jose to refinishing it.

Killawhale415
04-24-2010, 11:16 AM
That looks great man

k1dude
04-24-2010, 11:25 AM
Leave it alone. I love the look of shiny, perfect, and new, but broken-in is even more beautiful in this case. Anyone can have new. That worn and loved look is hard to come by.

crowbar1
04-24-2010, 6:42 PM
True classic!

2new
04-24-2010, 8:36 PM
Looks great! Original Colt blueing, what could be better (other than gold of course).

para38super
04-24-2010, 9:11 PM
i'll buy it so you can buy your self a new one (new blue finish)!!!

RogueSniper
04-25-2010, 12:17 AM
I have an old Colt 1911 Govt in 9mm. I decided to refinish it because of rust damage. There was a lot of original blue left but the rust caused pitting and to just remove the rust and do touch up would ruin the look and it's already lost it's value because of the rust and pitting.

Yours looks fantastic as is. There are lots of 38Supers that are pristine because those are locked away and never played with. That's no fun. Leave it original and feed it well. 'Nuff said.

norcal77
04-25-2010, 4:36 AM
I'd keep it the way it is..unless there is rust showing...then I'd get this...

http://www.fordsguns.com/index-blacknickel.htm

B Strong
04-25-2010, 9:43 AM
I have an older Colt 1911 38 super thats pretty weathered. I want to restore it to what it should have looked like new but Im afraid that it might be worth more if its in the state it is now.

What do you guys think?

http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk305/riverbum4life/?action=view&current=1911.jpg


Don't even think about refinishing.

Rock_Islander
04-25-2010, 9:46 AM
Wow... Okay let me stray away from the flock here.

But I'd re-blue it. Polish the slide flats, and have it reblued just like Colt would have done it "back in the day". Take it someone who really knows how to do a presentation bluing job. I'd think it'd turn out spectacular compared to the blotchiness and uneveness.

But that's just my opinion. Great gun though, she is beautiful.

Katana
04-25-2010, 9:58 AM
Its got that "If only it could talk" look. :cool:

Do you know the date of manufacture?

bsg
04-25-2010, 11:23 AM
i would leave as is.

-Brady

Sinixstar
04-25-2010, 11:30 AM
I would leave it as is, unless you're willing to spend the money to get it restored. Not reblued, not refinished, but restored. There is a difference.

Rock_Islander
04-25-2010, 12:55 PM
I would leave it as is, unless you're willing to spend the money to get it restored. Not reblued, not refinished, but restored. There is a difference.

Well what's the difference you're talking about?

Sinixstar
04-25-2010, 1:39 PM
Well what's the difference you're talking about?

The difference is anybody can drop a gun in a tank of hot bluing and make it look nice for what - $150? That's just not the same as matching the original factory new condition.

jonnyt16
04-25-2010, 1:42 PM
Okay, I think he gets the point now, lol.

wags0306
04-25-2010, 2:48 PM
Its got that "If only it could talk" look. :cool:

Do you know the date of manufacture?


Dont know the exact date but I know that this was made by colt and sold to the Mexican Police to be used by their officers. My dad bought it in the 80's after it was sold to a auction company here in the US. Ive been told its somewhere between 1940-48 from people

Sinixstar
04-25-2010, 2:56 PM
Dont know the exact date but I know that this was made by colt and sold to the Mexican Police to be used by their officers. My dad bought it in the 80's after it was sold to a auction company here in the US. Ive been told its somewhere between 1940-48 from people

Please for the love of god don't try to refinish it. Keep it well oiled and protected from rust as best you can - but leave that original finish.
Products like Barricade do a pretty good job of cleaning up existing minor rust spots, and helping protect against further rest. It's cheap, and easy to use.

tiko
04-25-2010, 9:37 PM
Unless you go full blown custom on her - Leave her and enjoy the old blueing thats left on her -

Yes, old does not mean ugly :)