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The French Colt
« on: December 13, 2013, 04:27:18 AM »

This is the revolver that started me down the path of Colt Pocket Police models.



And the story behind it.

http://www.windsurfingbooks.com/French.htm

So far, this is as close as I have gotten to a replica of the original.

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Re: The French Colt
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2013, 06:11:54 AM »

Sweet. What are the grips made from on that one?
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Re: The French Colt
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2013, 02:59:11 PM »

The grips on my revolver are "American ivory" or smooth stag.  I fashioned them from a shed elk antler I found in Arizona.  I am not fond of the bark on antlers so I removed it.  This is the third or maybe the fourth set I had made.  Done quite a few since then.  Elk is a lot more porous than Red Stag but a lot easier to find so it is what I used.  I am presently trying to fid a way to fill the pores so it is a bit more attractive.
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Re: The French Colt
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2013, 03:03:42 PM »

I have seen super glue used as a wood filler by applying coat after coat and sanding in between wonder if that would work
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Re: The French Colt
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2013, 05:00:15 AM »

I have tried to build up layers of shellac and varnish but have avoided super glue.  I have seen the results on super glue on open pored wood and it was too "plastic looking for my tastes.  Maybe have to try it and knock off the sheen to a matte and then hit it with a good wax.

The pictures of the French Colt have a box of "cartridges" included.  For the Colt "36-100 caliber", I wonder what conical it used?  Also, the cartridges are "seamless", I wonder if they used intestines for the wrapper?
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Re: The French Colt
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2013, 05:54:52 AM »

I was looking at a pack of intestines the other day used for making sausage. Do you think they soaked them in potassium nitrate to make them burn better?

The plastic look might not work on wood but do good as ivory
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Re: The French Colt
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2013, 07:52:49 PM »

I was looking at a pack of intestines the other day used for making sausage. Do you think they soaked them in potassium nitrate to make them burn better?

I have no idea, purely speculation on my part as to how they could concoct a seamless cartridge for a C&B revolver.
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Re: The French Colt
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2013, 08:40:30 PM »

They do say "seamless skin" so I assume some type of intestine
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