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What does this tool mark mean on my Colt?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PlayboyPenguin, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I noticed this tool mark on my new Colt revolver. I thought it was just a scratch but I notice now that it appears to be on all the pics I see of this gun on the internet. Sometimes it is more of a punch mark but usually it is just like this one. Anyone have any idea why it is there?

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  2. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Possibly a hardness test mark? Old Winchesters often had a mark--looked almost like a center punch mark--on the side of the receiver. It was from the ball on a Rockwell hardness tester.
     
  3. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    I don't know, but is that sharp edges on the cylinder release?
     
  4. nwo

    nwo Southern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I did not know that COLT still made revolvers. What model is it?
     
  5. Arkitek

    Arkitek Historic Downtown Roseburg Oregon Member

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    Not sure...its definitely less distinct than the other markings, like the colt and the triangular symbol in front of the trigger...just noted a C shaped one on my King Cobra in the same location...I'll be curious to find out what you learn!
     
  6. numbnutz

    numbnutz molalla Active Member

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    X2 on the model. I have a lawman mkIII snubbie from 81 or 82 and right where you have the tool mark I have a capitol P. :huh:
     
  7. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Any dimple from Brinell or rockwell testing would be a clean center punch looking mark nothing like that. I would assume it was a mark from a tool slipping like soemthing used to put a spring in place during final assembly.
     
  8. Arkitek

    Arkitek Historic Downtown Roseburg Oregon Member

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    I dont know...3 different models with 3 different markings in the exact same spot...doesnt seem like a slip during assembly...I'd hope management would be all about quality control...seems like its intentional.
     
  9. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    Someone did a hack job on that cylinder release, going to need to replace it.
     
  10. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Could be something to do with R&R of side plate.
     
  11. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    No, that is how they look on the SF-VI.
     
  12. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    Dang those are ugly.
     
  13. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    It turns out that the people who guessed it is a proof or inspection mark are correct. There should be a mark right where this one is that indicates who assembled it. It should be a number 1-3 (a friends has a 3 there) and this one just happens to be a number 1.
     
  14. MA Duce

    MA Duce Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    defective manufacturing. Ship it to me.