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Old 07-15-2011, 03:40 PM   #1
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Years back my brother came home with a Single Action Army / US Artillery Colt 45 that he bought when on a trip out west. He bought it inoperable from a national park store where The Battle of Little Big Horn was fought. It came with (1) a filed down firing pin on the hammer and (2) a cemented plug where the barrel meets the cylinder.

Is there anyway to make the gun operable without losing too many of the original parts. I would like to keep the same barrel and hammer if possible.

Could I remove the the barrel and drill the cement out?

Whatever insights you guys have is greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-15-2011, 03:41 PM   #2
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I'm not certain, but it may be illegal to make it into a working firearm. We do not condone any form of illegal activity here.

Someone with more knowledge will probably be along shortly to answer your question.

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It's illegal to do, and also very unsafe to do.

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I should add, we both have valid firearms licenses. I'll have to look into the laws of altering firearms... Thanks for the response.

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From what my understanding is you can legally do it if you have a manufacturer's liscense or something like that, but even if you did it's unsafe because a lot of replicas use metals that can't withstand the preassures of a fired cartridge.

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Sorry for the confusion, it is not a replica, but an actual gun recovered from the battle field, then sold with the alterations making it unable to fire. So barrel should be good to go if the plug was removed without damage.

I'll look into people with a manufacturing license too, thanks.

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No legal reason you can't make it a gun again for yourself. Using the same hammer is possible by building it up with weld. The plug is metal? welded? best way might be to remove the barrel for better access to the plug. Drilling from the muzzle could cause damage to barrel. Where are your close-up detailed pictures. we all want to see it.

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That's what I like to hear hiwall. Unfortunately I dont have the gun in my possession right now, and with the bar exam coming up in under 2 weeks, then heart surgery Aug 1, I don't see a picture coming anytime with in the next few weeks. I was hoping this could be a recovery activity while I'm inactive a few days after the surgery.

Pictures will be coming, hopefully soon, but to answer your question in the meantime regarding the plug, I think it is welded now that you mention it. I never took the barrel off to get a clean look at it.

Anyway, glad you all gave me somewhere to start, and I'll get back here when I have more.

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No offense, but why not buy an inexpensive replica to shoot & put this one on the wall to be admired?

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why not do both? I know some people wont fire antiques, and I wouldnt fire it much either. I'd just like to return it to its original condition and be able to fire it safely if I wanted to.

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