I am lucky to see and play with a number of early guns, the couple from the late '20s and early '30s, and the custom and production guns from the '70s.
I have Comercial Colt with the Micro rear just as Dick desribed but it is being refinished at the moment. That is the gun that would make the connection between post WWII and the Series 70 Custom guns pictured.
Before Bruce jumps on and gives me any shit.... they aren't all mine and the Micro sighted gun is a customer's :grin:
While Hieine, Vickers, Garthwaite, Krebs and the rest of us can make a can make you a nice new blaster there is something to be said for some of the old ones too! It's not like they wear out.
Here is a little heads up for the guys who might not know the history of some of the early custom guns. Hardballer sights, ramp fronts and a big notch and HV rear site blade were some of the first custom sights, Micros were something like the third generation and one of the most popular adjustable from the 1930s on right up till the Bomars came out. Bomar had a couple of early versions that looked more like the S&Ws shown here. The gun I am working on with Micros does have the rear sight melted and low mounted. It also has a .110" front and a 1.125" rear notch. Flat main, long trigger and ivories are all original plus at least one, very well done reblue. A gunman's 1911 from the 40's or 50's I suspect.
Take a look at Askins old books or Cooper's early writings and you'll see these sights worn by the guys who knew what they were doing.
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The hard chrome guns are indeed Swensons from the late '60s early '70s. The blued gun is a early Heinie that is unfinished. The complete top end, BarSto and all came from Heinie serial #86.
The intials belong to the original owner of the National Match 1927 gun. Which was ordered as a custom gun with match barrel, sights and trigger from Colt and delivered Jensen/Byrd a hardware Company in Spokane Wa. according to the Colt factory letter.
Just more wall paper for those in need :grin:
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