View Full Version : I'm going to love this package when it arrives!!!

January 06, 2016, 23:34
Last summer I sent a 1952 Colt Commercial Government Model in .45 ACP and a .38 Super top end (complete with ejector) to Greg Derr at Derr Precision in MA. For those of you who don't know Greg he is one hell of a gunsmith, shooter, and professional photographer.

The .45 was in nickel and the .38 Super was poorly chromed. Greg explained the difference that chrome gives off a blue tinge and the nickel yellow. Here's a photo that I took when I got the combo:


My request to Greg was to keep them fairly stock and make them old school Colt Blue. Well knock my socks off...Greg posted photos on his Facebook Page "Derr Precision" - a few minor tweaks and they will be ready to be shipped to me!

Previously to change calibers you removed the top end, drove the ejector pin out, changed ejectors, put the other top end on and continued shooting. Greg has fit the slides to the frame with a close enough tolerance that there is no need for a ejector pin. I can't wait to get this package in the mail!

Here are some of Greg's pictures; his camera skills make me look like I am using an old point and shoot camera from the late 1950s!


Special Thanks to Greg Derr for permission to Greg to use his photos

January 07, 2016, 00:02
They both look very nice. But you killed any collector value in both of them. You could have bought a new Colt with the money you lost in value. Just my humble opinion.

January 07, 2016, 00:32
They both look very nice. But you killed any collector value in both of them. You could have bought a new Colt with the money you lost in value. Just my humble opinion.

MACV - did you see the "before" photo of the gun and slide? Any collector value was gone well before I laid hands on them.

I had them restored for my personal use and enjoyment - a long time will pass and when I'm no longer part of this world my wife, son, and daughter will get them...some guns I own I would never do the overhaul to; others, such as a finish-less Argentine Colt 1911 copy will benefit from being parkerized - but just for me.

January 07, 2016, 10:17
Beautiful! :bow:

Looks to be some real fine work, proof will be in the shooting. My only thought is that 38 Super top needs its own bottom. :D

Fine looking conversion set just the same.

January 07, 2016, 16:55
They look great re-blued. That two tone finish looks awesome. The matt blue frame with the high polish blue slide job just jumps out at you ! Hope you saved those stag grips as well. Great job in bringing those two old beaters back to life.

K. Funk
January 07, 2016, 22:05
Beautiful work. Just out of curiosity, what was the turn-around time??



January 14, 2016, 02:08
They look good, but I'm pretty sure I would've left the original fixed sights on the .45 slide or moved to the Colt factory three dot high profile sights for it, rather than had it milled for an adjustible. I do like the birch (?) grip panels a lot with this.

January 14, 2016, 14:23
Beautiful!! :eek:

January 14, 2016, 20:00
Speechless. :headbang:

Mark IV
January 15, 2016, 10:14
Dayum! His metal prep skills are in the stratosphere!

Too often after stripping off the chrome and polishing the metal for bluing, the lettering gets thinned and the sharp corners of the roll marks get rounded.

This looks like factory lettering!

I'm sure it wasn't cheap, but it was damn well worth it.

Gorgeous pieces.

January 19, 2016, 00:32
They look great--he did a very nice job. Also love the tanker holster.