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Offline Kent Shootwell

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1849 Colt project
« on: November 09, 2020, 11:53:16 AM »
This Colt was tagged as needed work, that’s nearly a fool proof way to draw me in.
The issues,
Wedge missing and a brass rivet beat in its place.
Wedge screw missing.
Loading lever broken, parts missing.
Main spring missing.
Arbor bent, barrel points left.
Back strap screws replaced with zinc plated pan head screws.
Hammer screw replaced with incorrect short screw.
Hand spring weak.
Dirty!

Of coarse I bought it and have been making and fixing pieces parts for it after a thorough cleaning. I have found out that it was made in 1860 and all numbers match.
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Re: 1849 Colt project
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2020, 11:59:23 AM »
Be Happy In Your Work! it's not like you are destroying "collectoers value".
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Re: 1849 Colt project
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2020, 04:05:03 PM »
Kent, I am a sucker for "mud puppies" like that too! Mine are usually S&W K frames though. Good luck!
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Re: 1849 Colt project
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2020, 05:49:10 PM »
Ditto to what the good Deacan said...

I love project guns ...
when planets align...do the deal !

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Re: 1849 Colt project
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2020, 09:18:42 AM »
Gotta love a 160 year old challenge. If it could only talk. A very neat project Kent, good luck. My old choice of a project gun was the Colt Woodsman but in my retirement it’s been milsurp rifles. Keep us posted.
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Re: 1849 Colt project
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2020, 09:52:09 AM »

A very worthy project indeed   ;D

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Re: 1849 Colt project
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2020, 04:47:10 PM »
So far I have done though cleaning, straightened the arbor, made new screws, fixed the hand and a from scratch wedge. The loading lever is yet to be repaired.
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Re: 1849 Colt project
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2020, 07:24:27 PM »
OUTSTANDING advances.  I was going to suggest you may be able to adapt many Uberti parts to work quite well.  Understanding, of course, you actually prefer solving problems the long and challenging way around.  Looking really good Sir Kent!!

Really fun thread to follow.  Be really cool when you make it "bark" again.

PS:  I have worked on several similar Problem guns.  Unfortunately, too far gone to return to serviceability, but returned to just "function."  Nice display pieces.

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Re: 1849 Colt project
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2020, 06:02:01 PM »
I have some 49 parts for a gun I was restoring 40+ years ago.  I got them from Dixie Gun Works and think they are around some where.  I'll look and see if I can find them.

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Re: 1849 Colt project
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2020, 08:22:14 PM »
Very interesting!  :) Maybe a lever latch?
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Re: 1849 Colt project
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2020, 06:38:08 AM »
One of the those unfortunate , "   too far gone to return to serviceability, but returned to just "function pieces."
when planets align...do the deal !

 

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