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Old 02-22-2007, 11:13 AM   #1
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Colt National Match by Chow and questions

Picked this up recently. This is an early NM from about 1934 which was modified by Bob Chow into a bullseye gun some unknown time back. I'll put up a few pics of the gun and let them speak for themselves, then my questions.















First question. Anyone recognize the rear sights? It's been suggested that they may be early BoMars or early sights from Sig.

I cleaned this piece up as best I could, caked grease, the usual. The owner passed and it sat for a number of years unused. Freckling has begun and rust got to the front sight. No solvent would remove the rubber Pachmayrs that covered the front strap. Knowing the piece needs a reblue I did not hesitate to scrape the front strap some. No other way. The internals were polished by Chow.

I than took it out and shot it.

The gun shoots very well. The trigger is still quite good.

It would be an expensive propisition to restore this piece to it's original NM countours. I see no need to. It is what it is. I know, if in better shape it would be quite valuable. It is as it is. But it does need work to the front sight. A new rear, something from the right era would suit it, even fixed. It needs a refinish to prevent the advance of pitting.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Old 02-23-2007, 06:45 PM   #2
 
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Looks like it was built for "Hardball" matches. No external mods allowed other than sights or front strap mods (checkering/stippleing) and triggers could be no less than 4lbs.
I can't help you with the current sight, but Bo-Mar makes an adjustable that fits the stock dovetail. It does overhang the rear of the slide just like what you have now.
Nice pistol.......I have a thing for old Bullseye pistols :wink:
 
Old 02-24-2007, 08:08 PM   #3
 
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Real Nice ! My Dad shot and left me a Chow modified hardball gun similar to that one, but it is a 1911 Army and has King adjustable sights that are tucked in a little more. He had Bob Chow do it in the later 50s and it has the Chow trademark bushing and barrel. My dad thought he wore out the barrel when he gave it to me in 1975 after his eyesight started to fail, and although I kept the Chow pieces I had Barstow fit a competition barrel to it in the mid 70s. The gun still is a sub 1" gun and I shot Distinguished NRA with it , as he did before me. Bob Chow really knew how to fit up a target 1911, better than anyone else the oldtimers told me! Your early National Match is really special. I would NOT reblue it, unless you get a Turnbull quality restoration.
 
 
Old 02-26-2007, 03:43 AM   #4
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The gun shoots very well still.

If you look at the front sights you can see the extent that they have been attacked by rust. They require attention. How to do that is a question though.

Turnbull quality is the only thing I'd do. The reason for that is to protect the piece from the advance of freckling.

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Old 03-20-2007, 06:00 PM   #5
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On another forum a poster posted a pic from an article in a 1956 issue of "Guns" magazine that shows an identical front sight on another 1911. The pistolsmith who placed it there is identified only as Berdon. Anyone hear of him?

Another view of the front sight is below.

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Old 03-20-2007, 06:12 PM   #6
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Useing the search function I found a few references to Berdon but not much info on him. Does anyone regognise who may have made the front sight?

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Old 05-12-2008, 06:20 PM   #7
 
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sight

Probably Abe Verdun.
 
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