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Old 08-08-2020, 09:33 PM
Greg Derr Greg Derr is offline
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Custom Colt .38 Special project

This is the fifth in a series of Colts twelve in all. All the calibers Colt made commercially. Each is build close to the same. This is a .38 Mid Range which shoots the .38 flush wadcutter round used in NRA Bullseye style shooting. If you look closely this one is checkered. These like the Gold Cups and National Match pistols only came in serrated with a wide trigger. Well I needed help with the checkering issue. The frame was too thin to remove the serrations and add checkering. I turned to good friend "Metalsmith" Mr. Pete Single who meticulously cut out the front strap and welded in a new piece which was checkered. Seamless work. For the nitre blue accents , my son Nick has done all of the parts for this project. The grips are by Craig Spegel who managed to make all twelve sets out of the same French walnut. This one shoots like a dream with the original Colt barrel. I replaced all the internals with E2 parts and fabricated the new solid trigger. Seven more to go.








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Old 08-09-2020, 02:06 AM
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Beautiful work Greg. Nice photography too.
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Old 08-09-2020, 04:53 AM
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.38 special project......

Outstanding work! Is this for a customer that wants everything restored to an original spec...? If not, rather than fabricating a new trigger pad, wouldn't a Colt Gold Cup trigger work???
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Old 08-09-2020, 07:50 AM
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The photo shoot at the end of your series will be spectacular
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Old 08-09-2020, 08:12 AM
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The photo shoot at the end of your series will be spectacular
Joe!
I just don't know how to fit all twelve in one shot yet. I have about a year to figure that out though.
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Old 08-09-2020, 08:54 AM
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Absolutely gorgeous work as usual Greg - and you are certainly right about the seamless work on the front strap welding that Pete Single did; craftsmanship at its finest IMHO. Really looking forward to the remaining builds!
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Old 08-09-2020, 10:16 AM
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Exquisite!
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Old 08-09-2020, 10:31 AM
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Very nice.

Ever notice how the wider trigger track of the Gold Cup changes the trigger guard contour at the magazine catch? It looks kind of natural with the factory "kidney cut" trigger, but put in a flat trigger and it catches the eye.
I am not criticizing the work, and heaven knows an aluminum trigger is an improvement, but that is just the way the frame is made.
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Old 08-09-2020, 01:47 PM
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My education is lacking. What are the twelve cartridges?

Thanks.
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Old 08-09-2020, 07:27 PM
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Impressive work. And on some VERY rare base pistols. I am not sure about all twelve cartridges. The ones I think are correct are below.

1).455 Webley
2) .45 ACP
3) 10mm
4) .40 S&W
5) .9x23 Winchester
6) .38 Super
7) .38 AMU
8) 9x19
9) 7.62 Luger/.30 Luger
10) .38 Special
11) 9mm Steyr
12) .22 LR

In any event, looking forward to seeing the complete set.
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Old 08-09-2020, 07:30 PM
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.455 Eley
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Old 08-09-2020, 07:36 PM
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.455 Eley
That makes more sense. See I knew I could not remember them all. And some I have never seen, such as the 9mm Steyr.
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Old 08-09-2020, 08:02 PM
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Many thanks. I had many of them, but wasn't certain if some, like the 9mm Luger and 30 Luger counted since I thought they were in the Commander and not the full size. Since the 40 S&W is such a recent cartridge, I didn't know if it would count either.

The Steyr is new to me, with respect to a 1911, while I simply forgot the 9x23 Win.

The more the merrier.

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Old 08-09-2020, 08:10 PM
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.45 HP (Hirtenberger)?
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