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Offline mazo kid

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Early Colt conversion
« on: March 27, 2015, 02:31:43 PM »
I bought this gun as-is at a gun show many years ago. It was the first conversion I had seen, original or repro. It took some talking, but I finally headed home with it in a box.

Better pictures are posted below.
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Re: Early Colt conversion
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2015, 02:36:09 PM »
This was offered as a kit back in the 60s I believe. I remember seeing them advertised in American Rifleman magazine. The kit consisted of the 38 S&W chambered cylinder and a recoil plate, and maybe the screws....I can't recall that. You had to drill and tap the frame to hold the recoil shield.

Sorry for the fuzzy photos, they were taken a while back.

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Re: Early Colt conversion
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2015, 02:37:32 PM »
And the complete gun (except for the missing wedge screw!)

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Re: Early Colt conversion
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2015, 03:18:34 PM »
I took a couple more photos with my DSLR camera:

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Re: Early Colt conversion
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2015, 03:24:47 PM »
Here is a photo of the silver (plated?) backstrap. The gun is just as I bought it; it appears I need to do some timing on this one, as the bolt is dropping early. I have no history of the gun, only that the guy I bought it from said it had been used as a stage gun for firing blanks. Looks to have had a little rough handling! The grip frame is silver plated, and is stamped "Made in Belgium" on the bottom. The gun was made in Brescia and imported by EuroArms. Birth date is 1973.

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Re: Early Colt conversion
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Re: Early Colt conversion
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2015, 04:32:36 PM »
Hello Mazo Kid,

That looks to be a "Legal Defender". I've seen them offered on Gunbroker & Ebay, they don't go cheap.
I believe there was once plans available for these kits, unable to locate any now.

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Re: Early Colt conversion
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2015, 04:54:11 PM »
Hmm, well the way it's set up right now, it doesn't look like you could load it with the cylinder on the gun.  It'd need the frame cut out for that.  Have you fired the piece?

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Re: Early Colt conversion
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2015, 06:18:23 PM »
AntiqueSledMan is correct; I have found the directions for the conversion thanks to a forum member. I have never seen another like it. Yes, the way it is set up now, you will have to pull the barrel off and then load the cylinder.

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Re: Early Colt conversion
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2015, 06:20:10 PM »
And no, I haven't fired this one....yet.

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Re: Early Colt conversion
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2015, 01:03:52 PM »
Mazo, you took GREAT photos with that new cam. that you got.  ;)
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Re: Early Colt conversion
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2015, 01:54:00 PM »
AntiqueSledMan is correct; I have found the directions for the conversion thanks to a forum member. I have never seen another like it. Yes, the way it is set up now, you will have to pull the barrel off and then load the cylinder.

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Re: Early Colt conversion
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2015, 02:06:25 PM »
Since it is marked "Made in Belgium" it may well be a Centaure, (i.e: "Centennial" in America). Very well made guns.

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Re: Early Colt conversion
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2015, 02:11:49 PM »
Since it is marked "Made in Belgium" it may well be a Centaure, (i.e: "Centennial" in America). Very well made guns.

That's just the grip frame the rest was made in Italy.
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Re: Early Colt conversion
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2015, 11:21:19 AM »
Mazo, are you going to modify the bolt or change the cam to fix the premature bolt release?
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