The story of this beautiful Colt 1905 is over a hundred years in the making and while no one knows the story of the first half-century, the second half is pretty amazing.
A family heirloom lost for decades, only recently recovered during renovations to the family home. The Colt was found wrapped in newspaper and stashed amongst the rafters.
We don’t come across many Colt Model 1905’s these days and there has been fewer showing-up the last five years. To be expected with total production numbers under sixty-three-hundred.
We estimate there are fewer than fifteen-hundred remaining today so we’re happy whenever we have a chance to see one, let-alone bring one back from inconsequence.
When the piece first arrived, we found it shown a bit worse in the client’s photos than in actuality. Though the grips were rotting to the point of disintegration, the slide lock missing, bluing mostly gone with the usual bangs and dents, the metal was surprisingly devoid of pitting or rust, the nomenclature mostly intact and a bore in very good condition. A gem of a barn find.
As in all pin-off restorations, each component of this Colt has been meticulously restored by hand in a process which lasted just over four months.
We believe the efforts are proven in the results.
We love creating Fitz’s, out of anything we can get our hands on, Colt’s, Smiths, Beretta’s, even Webley’s.
These were the in-the-day gunfighter pieces, carried and used by some pretty intense guys. ~
Pin-off restoration refinished in rust blue with Cabochon accents, fitted with period elephant ivory.
For the record I would like to say that never in my life have I heard nor read of a single incident of accidental discharge involving a Fitz design. Nonetheless, I have read a lot of hyperbole on the potentially serious safety concerns of carrying a Fitz from the on-line firearm “academia”.
Some pretty serious guys.
For more than a dozen years I’ve carried Fitz’s of every design and can attest to this:
Simply put, these are all “answers” in search of a “problem”.
In my experience, locating LEGO bricks beneath bare feet in the middle of the night poses a much higher risk.