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vintage colt part needed

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by packman, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. packman

    packman coast Active Member

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    i am looking for a source for a front sight. i have a 1908 colt 380 that has needed a sight for forty years.does anyone know a source on the northwest i might find one and get it installed.
     
  2. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Should be just a very small blade (half-moon) resting in a slot. Any smith worth his salt should be able to fabricate and attach one to appear as original.

    I should add, I can supply close-up pics of my '08 front sight if needed.
     
  3. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Colt Parts
    P.O.Box 65641
    Vancouver, WA 98665
    360-737-2658
    Hours 8:00 - 5:00 Pacific Time
    Monday through Friday
     
  4. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    I would avoid the above Colt parts like the plauge. He charges 3 to 4 times over what everyone else does. And sells broken parts!

    I bought a Python hammer from him for $275 out of desperation, and the full cock notch was only half there, then he blamed me for it. And all I did was unwrap it and look at it :(

    Try,
    Jack First, gun-parts.com, numrich (aka e-gunparts.com) or WL Johnson Enterprise in Grants Pass
     
  5. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Once again, this sight I don't believe will be an available item even from a good Colt's part supplier, as it is only a half-moon sliver of steel (not like a "front sight for a Smith and Wesson Model 57" or such). If the open slot is there, or filled by what is left of the original sight, a good smith should be able to make one.

    Here's mine:

    P9020149.jpg
    P9020143.jpg
     
  6. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    I got a slide safety retaining screw for my 1903 Type I .32 auto from this guy for $25. Seems like a lot for a little #2-64 shoulder screw, but try to find one somewhere else. So I swallowed hard and paid his price for an original screw. I looked for one for many years before I found that this guy had one. On the other hand, he is a bit prickly, and not easy to deal with. He would be my last resort, as he was in this case.
     
  7. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    OP asked for a source, give him a chance to at least ask them.

    Yah I could make one in less than an hour and have it installed, but he asked for a source, once again.....a source.
     
  8. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I apologize if my sincere attempt to help (and good evidence/explanation for why this particular part is in no way to be considered as other parts are that might be available, such as extractors, firing pins, etc., etc.) has offended anyone. I certainly was not prohibiting him from trying, and certainly have even more resources for Colt's parts than have been mentioned here. I simply do not believe that is a solution to his problem, and therefore offered what I believe to the best solution.

    If I insisted that I needed oranges in Anchorage Alaska, and believed the solution to my problem was to locate orange groves in Anchorage Alaska, I would sincerely hope that someone would point out to me that oranges might be found easier elsewhere in order to bring them to Anchorage Alaska.
     
  9. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Not offended in the slightest.....but then again this is the internet and none of this is real :laugh:
     
  10. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    but then again this is the internet and none of this is real
    OH NO, I am in the Martrix.
     
  11. packman

    packman coast Active Member

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    thanks guys. i am sure with everyones input i will get a sight. this firearm has been in the family for a long long time and has been handed down to me now.
     
  12. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You might try Lee's gun parts in Texas.

    Lee's Gun Parts
    3401 West Pioneer Drive Suite 2
    Irving, TX 75061
    Phone: (972) 790-0773
    Fax: (972) 313-0991
    Hours: 9 a.m.- 5p.m., Tues, Wed, & Thurs only
    Web address: Lee's Gun Parts



    Or,

    Dick Williams Gunshop
    4985 Cole Rd
    Saginaw, MI 48601
    Phone: (989) 777-1240