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Old 03-13-2013, 11:39 AM   #21
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oh no, no trust me it's a family military heirloom I wouldn't get rid of it for anything. But yes i would like a extended 10 round mag what manufacturer would you recommend for a extended 10 round mag?
An extended 10 round mag in a Series 70 is just wrong.
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:32 AM   #22
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Brinky, field strip that pistol and look at the bottom of the slide on the aft end. Jimmy Clarke stamped his pistols with a metal stamp there. If is a Clarke pistol - and I agree it looks like one - you would be silly to do any mechanical changes.

Perhaps re-bluing if the finish is bad enough to bother you, but that would be about all.

There are collector's will pay good money for Clarke guns.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:19 AM   #23
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It is a Clarke but ive concluded not to do anything to it except maybe get a extended 10 round clip mag.

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If the poster wants it refinished and get more pride in ownership then I think he should do that. Really, as many people have said: gold, or even a low interest CD will get you better returns than using a gun as a Stradivarius type museum piece and hoping it will go up in value.

As far as aesthetics, some people like the old weathered, patina'd look. Others like it nicely finished. That's why there are gunsmiths who specialize in bluing, parkerizing, hard chroming,...

If you want it refinished then sending it back to Colt to have them do it is great idea but there are probably a lot of gunsmiths in your area who can also do a great rebluing job. I would see if a gunsmith could replicate Colt's deep blue polished finish. Comb the internet and look for images of the same Colt you have and study every angle for how it was originally finished. Then ask the gunsmith if they can duplicate it. Ask to see samples of their work. A good hot bluing job that's well oiled will not only look good but help protect the gun.

But I would definitely not paint it, nor duracoat it. However, it's your gun so (as a well known Youtube reviewer would say) your mileage may vary. If you do decide to "paint" it or duracoat it then be careful if you ever go strip the paint off. Do not chemically strip it because many solvents contain chloride which will eat and pit steel.

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Thank you mister ballistic all that is very helpful but after all i think im just going to keep the nit & grit that the pistol has!

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oh no, no trust me it's a family military heirloom I wouldn't get rid of it for anything. But yes i would like a extended 10 round mag what manufacturer would you recommend for a extended 10 round mag?
Tripp Cobra mags.
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