1918 Colt Restoration

Discussion in '1911 Photo Gallery' started by Greg Derr, Mar 16, 2019.

  1. Greg Derr

    Greg Derr Custom Pistolsmith Supporting Addict Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2011
    This 1918 Colt was brought in by the owner who had tried to remove the rust. Well that removed the finish and not all the rust. We saved everything except the grip bushing. Not all the parts were refinished if they had good original color. The magazine was toast so we had to find another period magazine for the project. A new recoil spring was added for shooting, but the original was saved.


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  2. wrmiller

    wrmiller The Tinker

    Oct 29, 2016
    Nice work Greg. Did you do the refinish in-house?

    I ask because I lost my local bluing guy and will need to find another for a pistol I'm working on. :)
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  3. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    Very nice resto.
    Thanks for the post.
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  4. switchback

    switchback Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    Wow! Absolutely love your work and this one is perfect. What a happy client, I'm certain. Stunning.
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  5. ORShooter

    ORShooter Just outsided the realm of Crazy!

    Nov 28, 2018
    I love seeing ugly ducklings turned into swans! Very nice work!:thumbs:
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  6. blue steel 55

    blue steel 55 Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2015
    Love those guns. Fantastic resto.
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  7. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    Nicely done. Thanks for posting!
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  8. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2016
    I've got a new desktop wallpaper :D

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  9. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Gorgeous retro build! I love how you saved it.
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  10. El Perdido

    El Perdido Fictional Western Sage

    Oct 3, 2011
    I'll take it!
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  11. KTXdm9

    KTXdm9 Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2018
    Very impressive before and after. Looks great!
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  12. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    Thanks for sharing your skills, Greg! Beautiful!!
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