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Bad enough to make any tough ole cop cry. At one time it was probably someone's only friend in a dark alley. How does this stuff happen ?
Anyway , enough singing the blues. Always wanted a E/I frame that was cheap enough to be able Dis/Re -assemble and in general putz around with. Try to learn something about how they work. S&Ws are easy , Colts are a mystery. Here it was $88 bucks ,out the door lijf;




So ,as sad as it looks the internals are not bad ,bore and chambers are fine with timing better that most Colts . It does have a very problematic ,sluggish trigger return and is missing the rear sight blade.
Currently sitting in a Ed's Red soak before wire brushing and disassembly..
 

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I've rebuilt worse, it's still mostly there & functional. A replacement sight & maybe a trigger return spring & she's all there. The right grip is more worn than the left, saw a lot of holster duty. It looks like maybe it got a dose of saltwater. A good scrubbing & polishing then re-blue & it will make a nice shooter.. At $88 you stole it!
 

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Congrats you will have to do a progress thread mate...

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This is my $400 Colt Python with 2 1/2" barrel. It was given to a guy for a graduation present in 1978. He shot a few rounds through it and put it on a shelf in the barn. He left on a graduation trip and got a job while there. It was forgotten in the barn for thirty-nine years. The box and paperwork were disintegrated and tossed. The internals are like new and it shoots great.


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Heck, that ain't too bad. Had a buddy that recovered an alloy frame Colt from the muck in a salt marsh while fishing.............coal mine doesn't even begin to describe it.......he sent it to Colt for a rebuild and they refused. Later on he bought parts and got the action back up and running but the salt water corrosion was so extensive that I wondered just how many rounds it'd take for it to literally fall apart.............wish I'd taken a photo of that one.
 

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Seems like this has a little interest so here is a smallish update.

After a heavy duty cleaning with no tender technics .the true starting point is established .




Two problem areas identified ,,,,so far.
First is the trigger return ,now barely working at all. Second is the cylinder bolt popping out prematurely , way prematurely. Standard for a S&W or Ruger , Not good for a Colt.
Time to strip & clean & re-assemble. Then strip and reassemble trying a V spring from another gun ,,, no love for a simple swap. Strip and re assemble about 10 more times. nvonjvila



Trigger return problem seems to be resulting from a bind with the safety hammer block stuff. Not a repair but I removed it and got instant gratification.
The premature bolt drop seems to be wear allowing the bolt to move sideways and may require a couple of hard to find parts or a easy bubba fix. Guess what I'm gonna try first.
As the finish is so far gone I am going to remove all the rest of it.
 
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