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Old March 23rd, 2020, 06:12 AM #11
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Old March 25th, 2020, 07:57 PM #12
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I think we have success! New mag fits VERY snugly (as in I had to lever it out with a screwdriver) but I went over the problem spots with some Ballistol and 000 steel wool very lightly and now it extracts ok. Cycled a couple of dummy rounds and it seems to feed fine. Maybe if it dries out tomorrow I'll take it out and put some live ammo down range... but so far, all signs point to yes. Thanks again for the assistance, gents.
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also double check that the grip screws aren't intruding in the mag well, always seem to be one
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Original mag fit fine and slid free... think it might have just been a little surface corrosion binding it up. The surface cleaning seems to have helped it. Might still back the screws out a quarter of a turn... I probably did tighten them more then the were before. You rock.
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Those original grips are fragile so don't tighten 'em up too much

If shooting it a fair amount I'd invest in one of the repro grip sets.
Even though they aren't "correct" I like the "grips4u" smooth wood grips, like the Model 1900
http://grips4u.net/category/pistol-g...pocket-hammer/
they also have the grip screws
http://grips4u.net/product/screws-fo...pocket-hammer/
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Those original grips are fragile so don't tighten 'em up too much

If shooting it a fair amount I'd invest in one of the repro grip sets.
Even though they aren't "correct" I like the "grips4u" smooth wood grips, like the Model 1900
http://grips4u.net/category/pistol-g...pocket-hammer/
they also have the grip screws
http://grips4u.net/product/screws-fo...pocket-hammer/
Do you actually shoot one of your Colt 1900s? I remember how much you reprimanded me after I shot my 1905 .45ACP! So I don't even think about taking the 1900, or for that matter the 1902's, out to the range.
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As long as the gun is in decent shape and .38 ACP spec ammo is used it should be ok.

The 1905 had issues right out of the gate for cracking the slide and that's with the lower-power ammo of the period.
Apparently just scaling up the 1902 Mil wasn't a robust idea.
Since you never know what kind of abuse it may have suffered before, and a decent one is fairly rare, it's not worth the risk.

The 1900 you have is in really nice shape and it has the Colt upgrade to the brass straight firing pin, which is readily available should it fail.
IMHO it's too nice to shoot condition-wise but should be ok strength-wise.

As background about 2500 Model 1900's (of the 4200 or so total) were made with the Sight Safety system before Colt switched over to a more conventional rear sight and firing pin.
Many of those 2500 were sent back to Colt to be upgraded to the redesigned system ("sight safety altered") and the original pins were tossed.
I did shoot one of the 1900 Sight Safety (see post #4) after I had a friend make up some repro firing pins, since an original FP is literally non-existent.
The original Sight Safety iron pins are prone to breaking off the tip and cracking at the hammer end, and sure enough mine were messed up.
We used my gun as a test mule to make sure the new firing pin was working properly and was the correct length.
It was an interesting exercise to make them, involving a number of machining steps.

I haven't shot it since though.
I have a no-finish, parts-monster 1902 Military for shooting if I get the urge.
They are actually pretty accurate despite the teeny sights and front-heavy appearance...

Comparison of a Sight Safety to Altered (foreground)... these happen to be a consecutive number pair...
blew my mind when the other one (the altered) popped up out of the blue on GB.
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