Sunday, February 19, 2012
A .38 S&W, a New American, & History
It followed me home from the Monroe Gun Show...
What I know so far - this .38S&W Colt Police Positive looks to have been born in 1941, cylinder lock is a little iffy, and the barrel looks to me to have suffered a chop job. Otherwise, seems fairly original. Research in progress, and will be talking to a couple of folks about light restoration to "safe to fire" and such.
There is pitting in the chambers, and the barrel has *traces* of rifling left. Exterior of the gun shows extensive pitting. Grips are original walnut and fairly good shape and the lanyard ring of all things is intact.
My current notion is to get the Colt Letter, and seriously consider new barrel and cylinder. Grips
look original (yet surprisingly badly fitted).
My best friend became a citizen this last Wednesday and is finally opening to the notion of learning to shoot (though he still can't imagine owning a functional one) - but was very pleased when I told him this would be his as a "welcome aboard" gift.
More to follow...