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colt new service
domnick Member Posts: 25 ✭✭
edited November 2010 in Black Powder and Cowboy Action Shooting
I recently bought a colt new service at an auction(stole it)[:D]in 45LC, great action, but, someone put a ramp[:(!] and shortened the barrel. [xx(]Now it sort of looks like a Python on steriods. Was this a common practice? serial number says a 1931 model.[:D]
I would have to spend a bunch of time looking through old receipts to see if I still have paperwork on those new grips. If you can't find that Colt parts supplier on the WWW, please contact me and I'll look through my old receipts.
It is quite possible tht that store in Nevada would have a new barrel for your New Service.
BTW, the problem with the New Service hand grip really is a structural one. Colt only used one screw to hold the hand grip panels to the side of the gun's handle. The grip screw goes complete through from one side to the other. There is not internal spacer to fill the gap or voide inside the hand/grip. Consequently, over time, the grip panels begin to distort and pull inward. The grip panels become loose, and the owner has to snug the screw a little tighter. Again after some time, the panels distort even more, become loose, and have to be snugged up at the screw again. Eventually the grip panels become visibly distorted, concave looking and it becomes more and more difficult to keep the panels snugged up and tight. To cure that after I got my new grip panels, I made a pattern of the inside of the grip handle. I then got some sheet plastic, laid the pattern on the plastic, and cut multiple layers of the plastic to build up a core inside the handle. I then used model building solvent to glue the pieces together, layer upon layer until I had a solid core that fit into the metal handle. Then I drilled a hole through for passage of the grip screw and then mounted the grip panels. I haven't had any more trouble with the grips becoming loose. It is a simple fix and I am surprised that Colt never took care of that at the factory.