Official Police Bluing Question

Official Police Bluing Question

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    Official Police Bluing Question

    Hi All,

    Long time lurker, first time poster.

    First, I just want to say I enjoy the site and the information available here. I'm glad this board exists.

    Recently, and happily, a 59 vintage Colt OP was left on my doorstep. It was taken in and is being cared for.

    One of the discoveries I made was that someone, who must have been an awesome gunsmith, did some work on the trigger mechanism because it is tight and smooth as butter. I've shot a number of different OPs over the years and this one is, well...amazing. There is no way this is leaving my possession. PERIOD.

    That said, the bluing is in sad shape with lots of holster wear particularly on the cylinder. There were a LOT of these made, and it will never be a collectors piece, but... I'm sort of leaning towards having it re-blued, just because I do like it so much and intend to keep it.

    Here's the question: Has anyone here had any experience recently getting something re-blued at the Colt factory? Were you happy with it? I've seen some crappy re-blue jobs, and would rather avoid being p.o.ed over a lousy blue job. The expectation is Colt would do a good job, but it never hurts to ask.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance, or opinions that may be offered.

    Bill
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    Can't help you with the Colt factory bluing, but I'm sure you'll get several leads on quality gunsmiths who can do it in short order. I'm with you in the restoration camp. If it's not a very rare or unusual firearm, I want it kept like new. I know some say it ruins "collector value" but not all firearms are going to a collector.
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    I'd find out the backlog at Colt. It's been up to six months in recent history. If you don't mind being without it for a while, it might not be a problem for you.
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    Man all I ever get left on my door step are pizza flyers, telephone books and one stray dog. Got to admit the dog is AWSOME!!! still a revolver would be nice.
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    From what I understand the Colt bluing today is different since they had to quit using some of the caustic chemicals they used too.
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    Thanks for the replies.

    According to the Colt site, they are going to start accepting bluing jobs again shortly. I don't mind a long wait, as it was an unexpected gift. More concerning is the aspect that Colt changed techniques, and that it won't look right. Thanks for heads up on that tidbit.

    For what it's worth more things like this can show up anytime. Any strays of this nature will be welcomed with open arms. This one just needs a new finish, the rest was well taken care of.

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    Welcome to the Forum! Great first post!

    Best kept secret in the world is that the Official Police has the same lock work design as the Python and can be just as smooth. The design dates to 1907.

    The 1953 Colt Official Police revolver that resides here. A New York Police Department gun with officer's badge number on the back strap, it's every bit as smooth as the Python that also lives here and gives up nothing to it. A lot of blue wear on this one, I just enjoy shooting it as it is. It comes off looking better in these photos than it really appears.






    Colt's still handling Python repairs and refinishes. There's no reason they couldn't make your Official Police a show-stopper. The Colt forum reports really good work (if slow generally) for such refinishes.

    Sure wish you'd post some photos of your Official Police revolver. We love seeing photos!

    More blurb on the basic Colt action design contained within this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Can't help you with the Colt factory bluing, but I'm sure you'll get several leads on quality gunsmiths who can do it in short order. I'm with you in the restoration camp. If it's not a very rare or unusual firearm, I want it kept like new. I know some say it ruins "collector value" but not all firearms are going to a collector.
    I agree...unless it is a truely rare item that just screams collector grade, I don't see an issue in giving it some "spit and polish". Good ole' gun by the way....
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    Hi again,

    First, thanks to Old Vet, and Ghostmaker for their service.

    I will try to get some pictures posted tonight BMC. Looking at your piece, I would say that they are somewhat comparable in terms of wear. A bit less on the barrel of mine, but there is a portion of the cylinder that is just really nasty.

    Love the .357 article and the herd of Colts. The Colt Proto-.357 is really a looker. Particularly interesting is the comparison of works in all of them through the years. As cool as the Python design is, the classic look of the older Colts is how I visualize revolvers. The Colt Army Special was the gun I learned to shoot with, so old Colts with their looks and action are sort of near and dear.

    Best wishes to all from the Northwest!
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    Sorry it took so long to post this. So here it is in all it's splendor and roughness. Pardon my horrible camera work. If it makes any difference all our family photos generally feature people with their eyes closed too.

    That rough ugly spot in the first pic is what I don't like. I would like to know why that one spot is missing so much of the finish. If it was regular holster wear wouldn't both sides be pretty much worn the same?

    Thanks!

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    I just now found this thread again. Nice to see the Official Police.

    The roughest spot I see is on the cylinder in the first photo. The image isn't completely clear but it appears that that portion of the cylinder was degraded by long contact in a holster then harshly cleaned. It would take more detailed photos to know that for certain though.

    The revolver still looks perfectly serviceable. Official Police revolvers shoot really well. Have you shot it yet?
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