gijive Posted February 5, 2004 Report Share Posted February 5, 2004 I am currently beginning a project to restore two early Colt drums that I rescued from being discarded. The two drums were unfortunately stored in an unheated garage for approximately the last thirty years and were rusted pretty badly. I was shocked to find that they were first production Colt drums with matching serial numbers on the covers. When first told about the drums, prior to seeing them, I had optimistically hoped that they might be, at the very least, WWII Bridgeport, CT marked drums. Aside from some severe rusting and light pitting on the outside, the interior rotors and bullet tracks are in very good to excellent shape. They have been dropped over the years and the edge of the covers need to be straightened in a couple of spots, but they should be perfectly functional after being sent off to our resident Thompson fix-it guy, Paul Krogh. My only dilemma is whether or not to have them refinished to remove the flaking rust and prevent further deterioration. The back covers retain about 80% of their original finish, but the front covers are discolored pretty badly and the rust has ruined the original finish. Oh well, I'll decide as I proceed with the process. Regular readers will remember the past discussion regarding the presence or lack of spot welds on the slide plates on the front and back covers of early Colt drums vs. Worcester contracted Colt drums. I own two Worcester Press, New York address Colt drums and was aware that they have the visible spot welds. Having never examined early serial numbered Colt drums up close, let alone clean decades of rust of them, I was interested to notice they also have visible spot welds in addition to the rivets. The welds are clearly visible in the following pictures and should dispel any doubt about whether the early Colt drums had these welds. If the first production serial numbered drums had them, it would stand to reason that the second and third production Colt drums would also. Granted, the welds are not quite as visible as they are on the Worcester drums and there aren't as many, but they are definitely there. The following pictures clearly show the welds as well as the early Colt drum markings. The other drum, a three digit serial number, is in approximately the same condition. Enjoy the photos! http://members.aol.com/maryt47/Drum1.jpg http://members.aol.com/maryt47/Drum2.jpg http://members.aol.com/maryt47/Drum3.jpg http://members.aol.com/maryt47/Drum4.jpg http://members.aol.com/maryt47/Drum5.jpg Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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