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Old 05-21-2012, 02:09 PM
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Just finished Colt 1903




I got a parts kit, less the frame and grips, last year and found the frame about 2 weeks ago. 1906 frame, 1920 slide. Replaced a couple of springs and bought grips from Gun Parts Corp. I bead blasted it at home and parked it in my garage.

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Old 05-21-2012, 02:21 PM
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Pistol has a very nice look to it. And all the better because you did it yourself.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:29 PM
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Thanks. Its becoming one of my favorites.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:45 PM
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Very nice. It looks like a US military-issue 1903 now.

BTW what Parkerizing kit did you use, and how hard was it?
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:52 PM
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I used fresh aluminum oxide blast media then parked it with manganese park solution from Palmetto Enterprises in South Carolina. Scott Owens is a great guy and very helpful. His park solution is as easy as it gets. Blast your parts, don't go more than 3 hours before parking, mix the solution 14 oz to a gallon of distilled water, heat to 195-205 degrees and drop your parts it. When they stop fizzing you're done. When I take the parts out I do an immediate rinse in hot tap water then spray them down with WD40, RemOil or something similar. The hot water rinse washes off any minerals that may form and avoids white residues forming.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:05 PM
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that looks awesome. Well done!!! The original round butt!!!
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:06 PM
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[QUOTE=dsk;3881314]Very nice. It looks like a US military-issue 1903 now.

That's the look I was going for. It shoots great. This is number 2, they're like potato chips.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:10 PM
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that looks awesome. Well done!!! The original round butt!!!
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:39 PM
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I used fresh aluminum oxide blast media then parked it with manganese park solution from Palmetto Enterprises in South Carolina. Scott Owens is a great guy and very helpful. His park solution is as easy as it gets. Blast your parts, don't go more than 3 hours before parking, mix the solution 14 oz to a gallon of distilled water, heat to 195-205 degrees and drop your parts it. When they stop fizzing you're done. When I take the parts out I do an immediate rinse in hot tap water then spray them down with WD40, RemOil or something similar. The hot water rinse washes off any minerals that may form and avoids white residues forming.
Any bad fumes? Did you do it in the kitchen or does it have to be done outside?
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:11 PM
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Very slight fumes, mainly just steam. However, with the solution being acid based I do it outside or right inside the roll-up garage door. I do small parts in a small stainless steel dish on the stove once in a while.

My setup is simply a stainless steel roasting pan on a Coleman stove. I can't do anything longer than an 11" barrel and that is puting it in diagonally.
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:20 PM
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Looks great! They are great little guns and mine have all been very accurate. The wood grips and the mat park really make it a looker.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:24 PM
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:55 PM
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Looks great, Jim!
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:39 PM
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Very impressive.You have done an outstanding job.Someday I hope to find a .380 version for myself. Thanks for the pictures.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:39 PM
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Much as I love the classic Colt bluing on the '03 that came to me from my late father-in-law, I really can appreciate the purposeful look the parkerizing gives your pistol

I've seen pictures of an '03 with more modern sights and a slightly larger thumb safety. Gives you the idea of what a current production '03 could have been like.

If the '03 could be built as a contemporary gun in 9 mm, it would be too cool for words.

Pipe dreams and fantasies.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:56 PM
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A very nice home park job in my opinion.

Those 1903 guns are very cool. I have two of them. One has some sort of aftermarket finish on it, I do not know what it is. Well this is my beater. I have another one that is a bit interesting. John Brunners book lists it as a wartime manufacture gun. However it is not marked as a govt gun and it is in +/- 95% condition. interesting as most wartime production of these guns went either to high ranking officers, or the OSS. In the case of the ones that went to officers they were generally marked as government property. This makes me wonder.
Perhaps I will get mine lettered.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:17 AM
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Very nice...who knew you could do that at home :-)
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:53 AM
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Jim that is very nice indeed. Please send it to me for closer inspection.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:42 PM
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Very nice!
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:21 PM
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Thanks for all the nice comments. It was a fun project and turned out better than I thought it would.
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