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Old 03-05-2016, 07:42 PM
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Talking High Polished Colt MK IV Series 80 Government Model .380 Auto

Finished up this little .380 for a customer in FL yesterday. We all know that it's meant to be a light, highly concealable pocket gun, but, because it's small and cute, my wife (and photographer) fell in love with it and decided it's a "girl gun." Hence the photos.

I got a Mustang in today, which is just a bit smaller than this model here, so I'll be posting that up before long as well!

























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Old 03-05-2016, 07:43 PM
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Old 03-05-2016, 07:49 PM
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Wow. How does it shoot?
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Old 03-05-2016, 08:10 PM
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Wow. How does it shoot?
I wish I knew! Everyone sends me their toys, but I'm not allowed to play with them, only make them pretty.
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Old 03-05-2016, 09:26 PM
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Absolutely beautiful job on this pistol. I have one just like it (before polishing) and I can tell you it's a great shooter. Just wish it looked as good as this one.
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Old 03-05-2016, 09:33 PM
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I'd shoot em all before you polish them..
I have a buddy who has 2-3 of those .380 Colts..

That polished up one looks slippery & of course a fingerprint magnet.. = NICE!!
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:00 PM
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Hi Robert,

Any idea where he found the grips?

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Old 04-12-2016, 06:13 PM
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Hi Robert,

Any idea where he found the grips?

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Hey, Jim. I just sent the Colt's owner a message asking. I'll let you know.
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:45 PM
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That pistol looks too pretty to be a deep concealment piece... more like a presentation gun of some sort. The owner needs to get a velvet-lined walnut or cherry case made for it.
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Old 04-13-2016, 08:02 AM
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Hi Robert,

Any idea where he found the grips?

Thanks,
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Morning, Jim. The Colt's owner got back to me with that info. He actually provided a link as well!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Colt-380-Gri...kAAOSweW5VLSGz
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That pistol looks too pretty to be a deep concealment piece... more like a presentation gun of some sort. The owner needs to get a velvet-lined walnut or cherry case made for it.
There's a local guy I do transfers for who makes such boxes himself as a hobby. I should ask to borrow one for some "presentation" photos!
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There's a local guy I do transfers for who makes such boxes himself as a hobby. I should ask to borrow one for some "presentation" photos!
Or, perhaps offer his presentation cases on your website as an option. Maybe you could sell them direct to your customers, as I'd be willing to wager that some of your clients would love to stash their polished beauties in custom case.
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Old 04-13-2016, 01:54 PM
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Thanks, Robert

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Morning, Jim. The Colt's owner got back to me with that info. He actually provided a link as well!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Colt-380-Gri...kAAOSweW5VLSGz
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Or, perhaps offer his presentation cases on your website as an option. Maybe you could sell them direct to your customers, as I'd be willing to wager that some of your clients would love to stash their polished beauties in custom case.
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In all your spare time...... Robert, I can hear you laughing from here!
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Old 04-13-2016, 08:49 PM
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Or, perhaps offer his presentation cases on your website as an option. Maybe you could sell them direct to your customers, as I'd be willing to wager that some of your clients would love to stash their polished beauties in custom case.

That's definitely an idea to give some serious consideration! Also, I'm an MBA student and I have to write an essay this week in a class on entrepreneurship in which I propose and then analyze a potential business opportunity. You just gave me my topic! Thanks for the assist!
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In all your spare time...... Robert, I can hear you laughing from here!
There's gotta be a spare 30 seconds laying around here somewhere
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Old 04-14-2016, 02:37 PM
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Looking at your work is better than Christmas. Polish on!!!
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:25 PM
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One more question. Did you provide the stainless grip screws or did the owner? Are all grip screws the same size and length? Those look great.
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One more question. Did you provide the stainless grip screws or did the owner? Are all grip screws the same size and length? Those look great.
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Hey, Jim. I just polished the grip screws that arrived with the gun. As for the universality of size and length... that's a great question. I can't say for sure, as I have never measured them, and on the few occasions I have had to swap them out, they have always fit. I would expect that 1911 grip screws would be standardized, but I'm not sure about other pistol models. I have polished hundreds of grips screws, and they all seemed to be about the same size. Some were a bit longer or shorter, though depending on the thickness of the grips, though. Maybe someone else can say with more certainty.
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Hey, Jim. I just polished the grip screws that arrived with the gun. As for the universality of size and length... that's a great question. I can't say for sure, as I have never measured them, and on the few occasions I have had to swap them out, they have always fit. I would expect that 1911 grip screws would be standardized, but I'm not sure about other pistol models. I have polished hundreds of grips screws, and they all seemed to be about the same size. Some were a bit longer or shorter, though depending on the thickness of the grips, though. Maybe someone else can say with more certainty.
I polished another of these Colt .380's earlier in the week, and the replacement grip screws turned out to be too long. They stuck out into the magazine well and prevented mag insertion, so I had to grind them down to size. It was an easy fix, but if you are buying replacement screws for a smaller pistol like this, you may need to do some fine tuning to ensure a proper fit.
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