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Thread: Nickel plated Colt

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    Nickel plated Colt

    Allow me to ask a dumb question. I have a Colt 1911 serial #70G78720 that is nickel plated. I was told by a friend that Colt has never manufactured nickel plated guns from the factory. I always thought my pistol to be factory. Who is correct? Thanks.

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    Your friend is all kinds of wrong.

    Colt made plenty of pistols in a nickel finish (actually two types of nickel finishes), especially in the 70s, when your gun was made. They didn't stop after the 70s (heck, they still list a Special Combat Government with a nickel frame today!) nor did they start in the 70s, either! Many of the factory-engraved old Colts were given this finish, to make the engraving stand out better. You might want to tell your friend that they have sold many thousands of nickel-finished revolvers, too.

    Colt has had two types of nickel finish: nickel electroplate (usually called simply 'nickel') and electroless nickel.

    The serial number is a good clue to reveal the original finish, but I don't remember how exactly... I think some say if there's a B after the '70' then the finish is blue; if it's a G it's nickel... but this could be hear-say. I'd wait for someone else to chime in.

    Pictures might help, too.
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    Thanks for the info Spyros. Here's a picture if it would help.
    Colt #78720G70.jpg

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    Nice. Again, I'm no expert on these things and the picture doesn't show a lot of detail but off the bat, I don't see any rounded corners, to suggest a refinish. It looks like the sights are also nickelled, which is actually a bad idea but it IS how Colt made them back then.

    The grips are definitely not original, Colt only started offering grips with diamonds AND their medallion recently (i.e. in the last decade); previously it was either medallions or large diamonds around the screws, not both.
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    Looks straight to me, just like the two nickel Colts I have owned, only in better condition.
    Grips are replacements but might be Colt replacements. They have had a lot of different styles since they started doing so much parts bin engineering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spyros View Post
    Nice. Again, I'm no expert on these things and the picture doesn't show a lot of detail but off the bat, I don't see any rounded corners, to suggest a refinish. It looks like the sights are also nickelled, which is actually a bad idea but it IS how Colt made them back then.

    The grips are definitely not original, Colt only started offering grips with diamonds AND their medallion recently (i.e. in the last decade); previously it was either medallions or large diamonds around the screws, not both.

    Does this look more like it? I found these in my drawer.
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    Here's the right side.

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    I think that roll mark would have come with fully checkered grips with medallions.

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    They're not original to the gun but I like them...
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