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Old 10-25-2016, 01:44 PM   #1
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Correct stocks for a Colt??

I have a Police Positive in 38 S&W 1925 manufacture

it has worn walnut stocks, that look original

I have seen a 1929 Police Positive with the black bakelite stocks

which Colt had original grips, or do both ? thanks
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Old 10-25-2016, 04:34 PM   #2
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Colt grips are often referred to a "Bakelite" when in fact they were hard black rubber with molded in checkering and Colt logos.

Colt moved the Police Positive from hard black rubber to checkered walnut with silver medallions in 1924.

Colt may have offered the hard rubber grips as a special order option for some years after.

In the pre-war days Colt mounted grips on the frame during final polishing to insure a perfect fit.
The grips were removed for bluing and final finishing.
To insure the right grips went back on the frame, the serial number was written inside the grips.

Since this is known, later owners may have written numbers inside replacement grips.
It's at least possible a 1929 Colt would have had rubber grips as original, but best guess would be they're replacements.

Last edited by dfariswheel; 10-25-2016 at 04:39 PM.

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