Neat gun, Bob.
The OMS is a 'sleeper' for sure, and a great target-puncher!
The 'Coltwood' plastic panels that probably came on the gun are (IMHO) too small and hard to handle.
Plus, they're expensive.
May I suggest a set of Patrick Grashorn ('Executioner') stags made for your gun?
Very reasonable, he'll make them a tad thicker for good target-shooting, and they look great.
Below is a shot of an OMS I had that Patrick made grips for.
Thanks for the suggestion the stags look good. I've been meaning to get some for a while this looks like the time to do it. You're right about a paper puncher, this one has started going with me every time I shoot lately.
With Colt stocks costing the same as a new car and sellers finding they can sell them separately and still ask the same price for the gun with Pachs on it thus increasing their profit it's getting hard to find Colts for sale still wearing the original wood.
I'm not sure how the brake is held on. I can't see any evidence of threads and can't turn it by hand. On the bottom of the barrel there is a bump against the brake but if it was meant to be a spot weld it doesn't seem to have penetrated.
The bump is under the bluing and is not a rust bubble.
The gun is slightly more muzzle heavy than a full lug model 14 but I like it, helps steady the gun.