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    Default My refinished 1928 Colt Tripod

    Here's the before and after....
    Before a rusty 1928 Colt tripod from OOW.





    After a lot of cans of PB Blaster, Kroil oil, wire wheel work on my bench grinder, sandblasting, Brownell's cold blue, VHT camo paint and sweat.



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    And with the 1919A4.....
    “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”
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    Well sir:............That there is something to be proud of!!! Does yours have a US Colt tag or the Argentina Colt tag? I have not started mine yet, but it is not anywhere that rusty.

    Yours really does look SWEET!
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    Wow OOW sold you the tripod in that condition? Looks like it has been sitting outside for years!

    Great job bringing it back to life!
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    Looks most excellent JJ, just wipe the finger print off the back leg!!

    Now after all that work do you really want to take it to the range?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunco
    Wow OOW sold you the tripod in that condition? Looks like it has been sitting outside for years!

    Great job bringing it back to life!

    They sold them as rusty & missing parts. I think they were around $300.00 instead of $900.00 - $1200.00 for a restored one. So they are worth a little elbow grease. I really like the " Colt Machine Gun Tripod " Brass tag . Much more cool than a M2 tripod

    BTW: this is one of the nicest restorations I've seen yet. Gives me something to shoot for.

    I take that back..........This IS the nicest!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradrock
    Well sir:............That there is something to be proud of!!! Does yours have a US Colt tag or the Argentina Colt tag? I have not started mine yet, but it is not anywhere that rusty.

    Yours really does look SWEET!
    Thanks...It was a lot of work but well worth it....
    I was backordered from the 1st batch from OOW and it took a couple of months to get it but it was best $350.00 I spent in a long time.

    It has the US COLT tag.

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    Beautiful job on the refinishing. Its hard to believe they sold it to you in such bad condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunco
    Wow OOW sold you the tripod in that condition? Looks like it has been sitting outside for years!

    Great job bringing it back to life!
    Thanks Bob....most if not all of the tripods were in that or worse condition but for $350. I was willing to take a chance....the restoration was a challenge but worth it.
    The machine work and fitting of the different parts on it was amazing...the craftmanship will never be duplicated again.

    Looks most excellent JJ, just wipe the finger print off the back leg!

    Now after all that work do you really want to take it to the range?
    That ain't a fingerprint...... its residue from my blood and sweat.
    I'll take it out to the range....... with socks on the feet and covered with bubblewrap

    Now if I can only convince my wife to set it up on display in the living room....
    yeah, right..
    “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”
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    Absolutely incredible work jj. It looks excellent and is definitely something to be proud of. Now I have an old Chevy that looks alot like your before pic, any chance of me being able to drop it off at your house ???
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