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Old 07-15-2011, 05:13 PM   #11
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OK, Here is an update on my Anaconda, After going to UPS and getting sticker shock! It costs $93.00 to ship my gun to Colt! Not going to happen! I was OK with Paying Colt $130.00 plus shipping back to me, Colt say's $30.00, So $160.00 to them. But for me to pay 3X what Colt has to pay? NO! I know the gun is worth more than this but I have already paid for it. Anyway sorry for the rant, But the real news is: After all the years of not shooting this gun (15) I decided to open it up to see if there was anything obvious wrong, And I'll be damn, The problem was when Colt machined the dovetail slot in the side plate for the cylinder release lever they must have fed the milling machine too fast or in some way bent the very thin area at the bottom of that dovetail slot that is the area that is the left side of the slot for the hand, Making the solt too wide so the hand had too much slop. So with the sideplate off and the cylinder latch and spring removed, Holding the sideplate up I could see the bent area. I laid the sideplate on a flat surface and inside the dovetail at the bent area I used a 1/8th inch punch and a Very small plastic hammer, Hit it 2 times lightly and it looked good so I put it back together. I will be damned, The cylinder lockes up like it should have 15 years ago! Another thing is, the cylinder latch was always loose and that is tight now and works great. The sideplate fits perfect just like always. I am stoked! I Thank everybody for their input, Had it not been for talking about it with you It would have sit in the safe untill my grandkids made a lawn toy out of it. Anyway thanks again everybody and UPS for making me get on it!
 
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Old 07-15-2011, 07:10 PM   #12
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CONGRATS ! ! ! Whatta GREAT outcome.......
 
Old 07-16-2011, 04:13 PM   #13
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$93.00 is out of line.
I'd have checked with Fed-Ex, they might have been a little lower.

The reason the shippers insist on shipping the fastest way is to cut down on THEIR workers stealing guns. That's kind of a strange business practice, to charge the customer for your crooked employees, but guns are hard to resist for some people.

In this case, I'd have asked my local gun dealer what he'd charge to ship it.
FFL Dealers can ship through the US Post Office cheap. Even if a Dealer charged an arm and leg to run it through his books, it would still probably be less then $93.00.

In any case, you appear to have fixed it so enjoy shooting it.
 
 
Old 07-16-2011, 06:35 PM   #14
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The reason the shippers insist on shipping the fastest way is to cut down on THEIR workers stealing guns. That's kind of a strange business practice, to charge the customer for your crooked employees, but guns are hard to resist for some people.

In this case, I'd have asked my local gun dealer what he'd charge to ship it.
FFL Dealers can ship through the US Post Office cheap. Even if a Dealer charged an arm and leg to run it through his books, it would still probably be less then $93.00.
You are absolutely correct, dfariswheel. (NO surprise there) A local FFL may charge you $25. to run it through his books. That coupled with HIS shipping cost will certainly amount to far less than $93.
 
Old 07-16-2011, 06:38 PM   #15
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Colt say's that they will only accept firearm shipments from UPS or Fedex and Fedex
is within $.50 cents of the UPS price, Colt say's Do Not Ship by USPS, I have a feeling that Colt is return shipping with USPS or their price of $30. would be higher. Took it out and shot it today and my first group was about 8" high and left but it was a good 1 3/8 center to center @ 25 yards. Had enough room for adjustment on the sights, A little tinkering with some new handloads and maybe it will get a little better. Hey this is fun, Like getting a new gun.
 
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Colt says not to ship USPS because it's a Federal crime for a non-FFL Dealer to ship a pistol through the mails.

They could waste time discussing all this, and people would still ship them a pistol through the mails. Better to just say not to ship USPS at all.
FFL Dealers know the score.
 
Old 07-17-2011, 07:15 PM   #17
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I bet your right, Seems a little strange that it's OK for UPS-Fedex but not USPS, Our tax dollars at work!
 
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