Colt New Service?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by texaswoodworker, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I have been planning on getting another handgun for awhile now. I was going to get something like a double action 44 Mag, but the prices are a little high for me right now (just started a new job). Something else caught my eye though.

    It's a Stainless Colt New Service chambered in 44-40 with a 5.5" barrel. It's not in perfect shape, but it's still pretty good. The bore is very nice, the grips are good, and the metal has a few blemishes here and there, but they could probably be polished out pretty easily. The front sight (fixed) is slightly bent, but that could be fixed relatively easily couldn't it?

    They are wanting $350 for it (I'd have to pay shipping plus $20 for the transfer fee). Is this a good deal? Would I be better off finding something else? How powerful is 44-40 vs .357 mag or 44 mag?

    What I'm wanting is just a fun range gun with a little oomph to it that will put a lot of lead down range. Ammo cost does not matter much since I reload, and plan to reload for what ever caliber I get.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    Well--it's not stainless. They never made the New Service in stainless, so it's
    plated. Probably nickel. If it's factory plated that's a plus, but I'm going to guess
    it's a re-finish. Worth $350? Probably---if you want it buy it. 44-40 ammo is
    getting more common because of the cowboy action bunch. Slight bottleneck
    case and thin brass, it can be a bit of a pain to reload but not too bad.
     

  3. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I think your probably right about the finish. I just learned a little history about the gun (which makes me want it more), and realized they stopped making these in 1946. They didn't even make stainless guns back then did they?

    I cannot tell if it's nickel plated, or if all the blue is simply worn off. If I buy it, it would be as a shooter not a collectable so it being original doesn't really matter too much to me.

    Here's the gun.

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    I have experience converting 32-20 (also thin) to 7.62 Nagant, so I don't think 44-40 would be too much of a problem. :D

    Any ideas on fixing the front sight? Would I be able to just bend it back? I can't tell from the pic, but I think it's only bent a little out of place.

    Thanks.
     
  4. JW357

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    If you try to bend the front sight back, I imagine your accuracy will be permanently slightly off, especially out past seven yards or so. I don't know that, though. Just making it up as I go.

    Personally I say ask for it for like $275 because of the front sight issue, and then barter from there. Maybe you can get it for an even $300? That'd be cool, if you ask me.
     
  5. txpossum

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    If those are the grips on the gun, and they are real stag, as they look to be, the grips alone are worth over $150 00.

    I'd buy it for that price in a heartbeat, and wouldn't think twice. The Colt New Service is a nice gun.
     
  6. Axxe55

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    John_Deer New Member

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    Most gun shops carry 44-40 ultramax ammo. Every now and then I end up with a box of 44 spl ultramax ammo. I usually end up using a 20 penny nail to get the spent brass out of the cylinder of my super blackhawk. Maybe you will have better luck with low pressure 44-40 ultramax ammo.
     
  8. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    What's the serial number? It appears to be an early model flat latch gun. Something
    about the front sight shape looks a bit off, but it's hard to see. Bending the front sight--
    shoot it first. It might be bent for a reason.

    I've got a 1913 5.5" New Service in 38-40. Fun gun. IIRC the mainspring out of a
    Trooper fit right in mine, and reduced the trigger pull to something tolerable.

    I put a ramp front sight on mine, and had it machined to take a S&W
    revolver adjustable rear sight.
     
  9. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    No idea what the serial number is. The front sight may look a bit off because it is slightly bent. I pulled up a pic of another one, and they look pretty close. Thanks for the info on the spring. :)

    I'll be sure to shoot it before I do anything with the sight.

    How strong are these guns? Would they be able to handle a reasonably stout load ok, or should I stick to light loads?

    I'll have to ask them about the price.

    Why would bending the sight back cause it to be off? Is it something a gunsmith, or someone good with tools could correct?

    The grips are polymer unfortunately.

    Thanks. :)
     
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  10. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    Just checked the price on some. :eek:

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/46...-44-40-wcf-200-grain-lead-flat-nose-box-of-50

    I think I'll stick to reloading. Thanks though. :)
     
  11. texaswoodworker

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    Well, it sold before I could get it. (which would have been tomorrow at the earliest). :(

    Well, back to hunting.
     
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  12. JW357

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    That's too bad. It also kinda figures. I missed out on a S&W 19 for like 450 dollars (ish) a few months ago because I waited a couple hours too long. Instead, I got my S&W 66, which I enjoy immensely.

    Sorry you missed it, though.
     
  13. texaswoodworker

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    I made the mistake of getting overly excited about it. I think that's what makes this suck so much for me. (that, and it was a damn good deal compared to the other new services I could find out there. with are priced a lot higher)

    I'll get over it. I've already found a few more options (look for it in the handgun forum ;))