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Old August 6th, 2020, 04:13 PM #11
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A lot of people hate on the old Colt V-spring action using a variety of expletives...admittedly it's a bit on the complex side for the uninitiated and not for someone to tinker with if they have no experience in such things. It was designed in a time when labor was cheap and hand fitting was considered normal. A Colt V-spring action revolver is a delight to shoot if it's tuned by someone who knows what he's doing. A S&W is probably a bit more durable in the sense it will go longer without necessary tuneups...but I've heard it said that while the S&W is a Chevrolet that only needs mild upkeep to stay working a Colt revolver is like a Ferrari...capable of great performance but needs more regular maintenance. Back in the day most all gunsmiths and police armorers were well versed in both Colt and S&W actions and the maintenance on a Colt was considered less a headache and just normal maintenance. Today few understand the Colt action and are more likely to criticize it than maintain it.

I have a 1949 era Police Positive Special...bought it in the late '80s or early '90s for almost nothing...it was missing its stocks and had absolutely no finish left...but it was in fine mechanical shape. I replaced the deeply grooved trigger with a smooth one, had it re-blued, gave it some nice walnut stocks and a a Tyler T-grip and today it's still one of my favorite shooters. I restrict it to wadcutters and it shoots beautifully.



Take care of that Police Positive Special and it will last you a long time...it's already over a hundred years old and can go far longer.
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So first off, Iím a revolver noob.

...Sorry for the noob questions but I want to make sure I get it right before I take this beauty for a spin.
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If you live near the Frederick area, visit Bob at Gunrunners. He is well versed in revolvers, especially Colts. Heck, his email address is two45colts, which says a lot.

I'm sure he would answer your questions and any others you had about the gun.
"Bob" in Frederick...who knows a lot about old Colts? He doesn't happen to seem like he was originally Mexican, does he?
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Different Bob. Besides...I'm not Mexican...just a name I picked up from "True Grit" and liked it.
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I inherited my Father's Colt Police Positive Special. It dates from 1922. It's got a ton of honest wear on it, to say the least! But the buggest problem was one of his friends was goin to do him a favor and make him some custom grips for it. I know he menat well but he lost the original grips, the grips he ended up making looked horrible and he scratched the hell out of the frame.

The only real value this gun has are the memories of my Father associated with it.I really don't want to have it refinished but I would like to figure out a way to do something with those scatches but I don't have a clue other than polishung them out but then I'd be stuck with rebluing. If anybody has any ideas on an unobtrusive way to repair the damage, I'm all ears
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I have a Police Positive I think was dated '26-27' I just remember it was pre -depression which is what I was looking for.

If those are the original grips, be careful with them, they can crack. You can still get replacements but not so easy to find originals.

Shoot 6 and wait a while, barrel can heat up. I do only shoot my own lead reloads myself.
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A lot of people hate on the old Colt V-spring action using a variety of expletives...admittedly it's a bit on the complex side for the uninitiated and not for someone to tinker with if they have no experience in such things. It was designed in a time when labor was cheap and hand fitting was considered normal. A Colt V-spring action revolver is a delight to shoot if it's tuned by someone who knows what he's doing. A S&W is probably a bit more durable in the sense it will go longer without necessary tuneups...but I've heard it said that while the S&W is a Chevrolet that only needs mild upkeep to stay working a Colt revolver is like a Ferrari...capable of great performance but needs more regular maintenance. Back in the day most all gunsmiths and police armorers were well versed in both Colt and S&W actions and the maintenance on a Colt was considered less a headache and just normal maintenance. Today few understand the Colt action and are more likely to criticize it than maintain it.

I have a 1949 era Police Positive Special...bought it in the late '80s or early '90s for almost nothing...it was missing its stocks and had absolutely no finish left...but it was in fine mechanical shape. I replaced the deeply grooved trigger with a smooth one, had it re-blued, gave it some nice walnut stocks and a a Tyler T-grip and today it's still one of my favorite shooters. I restrict it to wadcutters and it shoots beautifully.



Take care of that Police Positive Special and it will last you a long time...it's already over a hundred years old and can go far longer.
Speaking of, new hand and rebound lever from Numerich just showed up for my Colt Official Police so I can get it timed properly again. Learned a lot about this gun. Itís a complicated as heck action. But Iíve done a valve job on a 1964 MGB GT. I am used to complicated things.

Torn it completely apart. Read the manuals. Tried to get it adjusted but the existing hand canít be stretched enough and the rebound lever I am nervous will break if I get it properly back in shape as much as it needs adjusting. So time to start with new pieces and adjust from there.

Love the gun though.
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