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I love old Colts! I had another 1911 on my bench this week that I wanted to share. It is a 1953 Colt 38 Super. Colt more or less rebranded the 38ACP as the 38 Super in 1929 and claimed it would take down any animal in North America and that it was more powerful than the 45ACP. Colt made 202,388 1911’s in 38 Super from 1929 to 1971. While not rare, they are not super common either (see what I did there? Super common? because it’s a 38 Super? A little gunsmith humor, we don’t get out much).

The 38 Super has made a comeback in the last 35 years with competitive shooting. It’s a great target round! Easy recoil for follow up shots, flatter shooting for better accuracy, and slightly smaller than the 45 so a few extra rounds in the magazine. Custom built 1911’s are the most common gun to find chambered in 38 Super nowadays. It’s a great round and I can’t figure out why it has not caught on more. A little louder than the 45acp but not like a 10mm. Most people that shoot it for the first time get a smile on their face like they know they just shot something special.

This one came in to have the extractor fixed then tuned, trigger lightened and shortened, and a new finish with Cerakote.  As you can tell by the photos, the finish is far from perfect. If it were mine, I would re-blue it, but the owner wants Cerakoted. Now the customer just needs some new grips.


 


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03/24/2016 4:11pm

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08/14/2016 4:55am

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05/08/2017 8:22pm

Colt's Manufacturing Company is a firearms manufacturer, Samuel Colt started the business way back in 1855. They serve as a supplier of firearms in World War I. Great to know that you still have that Colt 38 with you. My father also still has his Colt M1877. It was a family heritage handed down by his great grandfather. It was a beautiful gun and I think it still works.

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10/16/2016 7:36am

I like guns so much! I'd like to have such colt! Very simple in using! And looks simple too!

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04/09/2017 4:21am

Nice gun! I'd like to have this in my collection ;) It's really so cool!

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09/05/2017 11:35pm

The hardcore thing for long term use.

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09/06/2017 12:23am

That colt is most durable one.

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