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    Default Modifying Colt Official Police?

    I have one in great shape (4") I picked up for a song about 30 years ago that has not seen 100 rds. from me. Still tight and right. It was made in '69, the last year they were made I believe. Been thinking about turning it into something I might use more often, even carry. That would mean having the barrel shortened. But after looking at used prices I wonder if they are collectable/desireable old classics or maybe a platform to create a concealable 6 shooter? I'm thinking with the right grips and a 2.5 - 3" barrel that action would make a great carry. Thoughts?

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    Default Re: Modifying Colt Official Police?

    I would keep it untouched. Buy something else more appropriate for carrying.
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    Default Re: Modifying Colt Official Police?

    It sounds like you want a colt cobra, I love mine and is perfect for my pocket. Mine is a '53 with 2" barrel and aluminum frame so it's very lightweight. My local range recently had 3 for sale at reasonable prices but the last time I looked they were gone. Lock's always has some in stock though.
    Go head, skin it. Skin that smoke wagon and see what happens.

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    Default Re: Modifying Colt Official Police?

    they are collectable. I would not modify it. once cut it would be gone forever. i carried a 4" ruger security-six for years with out problems . I have one with a 6" barrel I used for matches.

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    Default Re: Modifying Colt Official Police?

    Quote Originally Posted by smoke-wagon View Post
    It sounds like you want a colt cobra, I love mine and is perfect for my pocket. Mine is a '53 with 2" barrel and aluminum frame so it's very lightweight. My local range recently had 3 for sale at reasonable prices but the last time I looked they were gone. Lock's always has some in stock though.
    You can get one for under $400. I paid 399 for my early 70's version in great shape. For about the same price as destroying One colt, you can have both

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    Default Re: Modifying Colt Official Police?

    Go ahead and chop it up. It will make the rest of the ones in original condition worth just a little bit more...
    You don't have enough guns untill you don't know how many you have.

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    Default Re: Modifying Colt Official Police?

    Agree with the posts that say not to modify it. Put it in the safe and buy what you want.

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    Default Re: Modifying Colt Official Police?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1911-6sn7 View Post
    I have one in great shape (4") I picked up for a song about 30 years ago that has not seen 100 rds. from me. Still tight and right. It was made in '69, the last year they were made I believe. Been thinking about turning it into something I might use more often, even carry. That would mean having the barrel shortened. But after looking at used prices I wonder if they are collectable/desireable old classics or maybe a platform to create a concealable 6 shooter? I'm thinking with the right grips and a 2.5 - 3" barrel that action would make a great carry. Thoughts?
    please don't.

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    Default Re: Modifying Colt Official Police?

    Thank you gentlemen, it sounds like a Cobra is indeed what I want. As I'm not a collector I will look to sell/trade the Official Police towards one.

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    Default Re: Modifying Colt Official Police?

    FWIW - I have one in my safe that I bought in 1972 for $25.00

    Wouldn't sell it for $500.00 I really like that gun.

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