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Old 01-27-2009, 03:24 PM   #11
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Good point.

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I'll have time to clean all the parts as well as the frame and slide this weekend.

On Tuesday, I'm taking it to a top notch 1911 gunsmith to have the barrel fitted. I checked the fit hoping to get lucky, but I didn't. I do not have the skill to fit a barrel yet. Since it's so critical, I'm going to an expert.

I hate to admit this, but I may have him do all the work other than the simple replacement stuff. I'll get a quote and figure it out from there.

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I'll have time to clean all the parts as well as the frame and slide this weekend. On Tuesday, I'm taking it to a top notch 1911 gunsmith to have the barrel fitted. I checked the fit hoping to get lucky, but I didn't. I do not have the skill to fit a barrel yet. Since it's so critical, I'm going to an expert. I hate to admit this, but I may have him do all the work other than the simple replacement stuff. I'll get a quote and figure it out from there.
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It's nice to see one of those great Argentine guns comming back to life, especially one from my family's home province (Santa Fe)! These were made in the army's small arms factory in Rosario if I'm not mistaken, which is also in the Santa Fe province.

I can't help with any technical stuff, but I'm enjoying the process and pics a lot.

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I guess I'll see how it goes.

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I apologize gents. I was cleaning up a Photobucket album and deleted a bunch of photos. I wound up destroying the linked pics.

I just uploaded them again and they're back.

Today I'm taking the pieces and parts to a gunsmith to have the barrel fitted and some other work done. Depending on cost, I'm going to have him do the most difficult work.

I'll check back in later and let you know how it went.

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I bought two of these a couple years ago from the Gander Mountain batch.

I disassembled, soaked in Evaporust, then polished out frame and slide with 400-grit sandpaper. I did not try to take it all down to a mirror finish, just leveled the flats and smoothed out the worst spots.
I cold blued one with Wheeler cold blue. Turned out pretty good. My goal was similar to yours, I didn't want it to look new, just "good". I installed all new springs and pins. I got a new $40 barrel from Sarco. it fits fine with no additional fitting -- I got lucky. Shoots very well.

The 2nd gun I polished a bit more, then left it in the white and waxed it. New springs etc. of course. Both guns got new full-checker walnut grips. I used the original barrel on this one, and it shoots pretty well too.

Nice projects. The price has gone up on Sistemas a bunch in the last couple of years.

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I took it to the gunsmiths this afternoon. I'll see it again in two or three months. This smith specializes in 1911's and he does awesome work.

I guess this thread will be on hiatus until I get it back.

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You've probably researched this already, but here's a chart that lists all the Sistema Colt pistol serial numbers and years of manufacture.

Bienvenidos a Full Aventura - El Rincón del Coleccionista > Armas antiguas - Datos de fabricación: Pistola Sistema Colt 1927

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Thanks. I've already checked. My pistol was manufactured in early 1959.

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