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Old 06-21-2019, 01:45 PM
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Python...Re-do...

1975 Python...
Before and after. Re-worked by Fords.

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Old 06-21-2019, 03:13 PM
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Beautiful python.
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Old 06-21-2019, 03:16 PM
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gorgeous, now go shoot the snot out of it!
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Old 06-21-2019, 04:43 PM
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:48 PM
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Awesome!

Nothing to complain about there!
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Old 06-21-2019, 10:00 PM
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That was a spectacular refinishing job by Ford's. You must be one happy camper.
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Old 06-22-2019, 07:10 AM
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Very nice!

Does Ford's use a mark somewhere to indicate it they refinished it?
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Old 06-22-2019, 07:35 AM
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Ford’s did a beautiful job refinishing that!!!!!!!
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Old 06-22-2019, 11:01 AM
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pyunker45 has a good question. Also, no doubt that some of us would like to know approximately what the co$t was for the job.

Because some of us are potential customers after seeing those pics!
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Old 06-22-2019, 12:13 PM
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pyunker45 has a good question. Also, no doubt that some of us would like to know approximately what the co$t was for the job.

Because some of us are potential customers after seeing those pics!
Ford has a website with all pricing info.
The Colt Royal Blue is $375 IIRC.
Fords can also re stamp any lettering/logo etc....

My python was a prime candidate because there was no pitting
just honest wear.

I can find NO markings indicating a Ford refinish.

Thanks
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Old 06-22-2019, 07:21 PM
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Unfortunately there are a lot of Pythons just like this one on Gunbroker that are listed as mint, unfired and with the supposedly original box, papers, and even the hang tag. Because people like Ford's can do such a great job making the guns look new again a lot of unsuspecting buyers end up paying $4000 for a refinished gun with fake accessories. Like pyunker45 suggested Ford's really needs to put a small mark under the grips or inside the frame to show that it's gone through their shop.
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Old 06-22-2019, 07:41 PM
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It's good to see that Ford's has recovered from the disaster of a couple of years ago.

Several members on the Colt Forum sent them Pythons to be reblued and one to have the stamps refreshed.
They got back ruined Pythons.
The polishing looked like it was done with sand paper and all the edges were badly rounded off.
The one that was to have the stamps restored literally looked like a kid had done it with an electric pencil.
They'd hired a new worker and he was a butcher.
This was even worse because they apparently weren't checking his work.

Until this I've been reluctant to recommend them, so it's nice to see they're back in form.
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Old 06-25-2019, 12:34 AM
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We used to have a guy in Western Montana who could redo a Winchester M-70/54 or their lever guns so well...MANY were resold as MINT, unfired, etc. He's gone now ,but he REALLY should have stamped an initial or something on the bottom of the barrel or action. I had him redo a circa 1957 , 300 H&H and it's a masterpiece. Refinishing back, exactly to Factory fresh is a real art form.
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Old 06-25-2019, 01:26 AM
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Nice to see the Fords is back in the saddle,same with that 357!
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Old 06-25-2019, 11:48 AM
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Only $375? Wow, that's cheap. You can pay that much to have some low-skilled hack replace a Chevy water pump.

And I agree with the other posters on some kind of INDELIBLE identifying mark under the grips. Because these guns ARE investment grade items.
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Old 06-25-2019, 01:45 PM
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I agree Ford's should make a mark under the grip saving a possible
newbie from buying a restored gun presented as original.

It's funny...this photo was posted on the Colt Forum (unknown to me) and was
immediately slammed as an obvious re-blue by the "experts" there.
"Screamed" re-blue, over polished etc...

I am please with the python.
It is not going to be resold as "new".
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:28 PM
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The Verified Proof in a Triangle was applied after the finish and although you might have to look with a magnifying glass, should show bright metal if finish is original on a Colt.

My 1903(1918) as well as a 1977 DS show bright metal there.

I sold my 1975 Python after a bad re- blue by Colt. That was 1988 time frame, When I called, I was advised that the “ gunsmiths” did NOT have to talk to customers as they were members of the UAW.

My longtime friend there, Tom Turner, who was a friend to ALL in Law Enforcement, had retired.

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