Colt Series 70 Auto Shop(Wetstein) 45 $2,900-Withdrawn

Discussion in 'Sold/Expired Classifieds' started by Haris1, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. Haris1

    Haris1 Go Ahead, Make My Day! Supporting Addict Sponsor

    Feb 6, 2015
    Famous Gunsmith Craig Wetstein Crafted this Rare beauty,The Pictures Speak for themselves.
    Wetstein was well known for his work at Pachmayr, and follows here is what i found on Pistolsmith.com. Its in Italics what Dane Burns , a Pistolsmith in his own right wrote



    Pachmeyr hired a kid named Craig Wetstein right out of gunsmith school. Pachmeyr became known for their 1911 work through a couple of generations and amazing rifle work to boot. Jumping ahead here a few years. Great ideas came from the Pachmeyr Gunworks but idea and completion of the Pachmeyr Specials goes to to Tom Dornhaus and Craig Wetstein who though up the gun design (Dornhaus) and the guy who made most of them (Wetstein). Wetstein went on to duplicate and IMO better those guns in his shop in the early 80, "The Auto Shop" of Culver City Ca. Two IPSC World Championships were won with Combat Specials built by Dornhaus and Wetstein while at Pachmeyr, Ray Chapman in 1975 and Ross Seyfried in 1981. The original "Combat Special" has to be on of the most copied 5" 1911s ever built.

    Wetstein also built the guns for Askins, Cooper and a couple of others that have been much talked about. Craig still lives in the LA basin but no longer builds guns. He is the one who has supplied me most of this info.

    That said I had a 5" full house gun from Craig's "AUTO SHOP". It was done in the early '80s and bettered many of the modern maker's work by a good margin.

    My opinion is the guns are a exceptional find.


    Follows is the pictures of the exact gun for sale,


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    Last edited: Mar 30, 2019
  2. jkid1911

    jkid1911 Well-Known Member

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    Jan 30, 2017
    Always with the coolest finds, great piece of history....GLWS!
     
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  3. ZoidMeister

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    Dec 4, 2014
  4. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    What a beauty!!
     
  5. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    It doesn’t get much cooler than that! History at its finest!

    GLWS.
     
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  6. j quan

    j quan Well-Known Member

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    Feb 1, 2018
  7. theJanitor

    theJanitor Well-Known Member

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    Nov 14, 2014
    very nice. that's only the second I've seen. Unless it is the same one that was sold at auction several years ago
     
  8. Les White

    Les White Well-Known Member

    Nov 17, 2015
    Wow, what a work of art especially considering the time period.
     
  9. Haris1

    Haris1 Go Ahead, Make My Day! Supporting Addict Sponsor

    Feb 6, 2015
    I will post some new pics tomorrow
    One member asked me about a ding on the checkering.Actually its not since if you look at it from different angles, you dont see it.The checkering is high spots the way he did it and there is one tiny flat spot on one diamond so you can see it if you hold the gun just right.
    Also, if all the pics dont load and you see x's. just touch F11 key to refresh
     
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  10. RMF308

    RMF308 Well-Known Member

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    Jan 15, 2019
    This is wonderful. Might be a good match to go along side my Combat Special.
     
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  11. Greg45acp

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    Oct 31, 2016
    Do it!
     
  12. elpinkgun

    elpinkgun Just say "NO"..... I can't, I'm ADDICTED Supporting Addict

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    Aug 2, 2014
    That is way cool.... I love it!!!!
     
  13. BigAll

    BigAll New Member

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    Nov 6, 2017
    Interesting gun. How long was Auto Shop working on 1911's?
     
  14. Haris1

    Haris1 Go Ahead, Make My Day! Supporting Addict Sponsor

    Feb 6, 2015
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    You have to hold the gun and tilt it just right to see what someone said was a ding on the checkering
     
  15. Haris1

    Haris1 Go Ahead, Make My Day! Supporting Addict Sponsor

    Feb 6, 2015
    Price Reduction to 2850
     
  16. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    Haris1, you have a most impressive collection of art. Rest assured if I had the disposable cash, this beauty would be heading my way.
     
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  17. Haris1

    Haris1 Go Ahead, Make My Day! Supporting Addict Sponsor

    Feb 6, 2015
    Withdrawn- One of my crown jewels- will sell it last or NEVER!
     
  18. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    Wise decision! Certainly one of my fav’s too!!
     
  19. Les White

    Les White Well-Known Member

    Nov 17, 2015
    I agree. Definitely a keeper!
     
  20. bladeandbarrel

    bladeandbarrel ISO The Very Best 1911's Supporting Addict

    Apr 6, 2019

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