Monday, March 9, 2009

Argentine Sistema Colt Model 1927


Xavier has a great post on the Sistema 1927, perhaps the best I have read. It includes a nice story on the ethics of gun haggling.

My Sistema 1927 was made in 1951. I picked it up for around $250 several years ago. At first, I thought the barrel was shot smooth, but it turned out that a buildup of lead hid the rifling. A great deal of scrubbing with lead solvent and wire brushes salvaged the barrel. Cosmoline is a bear to remove, so the pistol was completely stripped, soaked in solvent, and scrubbed. A worn slide-stop was replaced, as were the cracked grips. A new firing pin spring and a new recoil spring made it complete.



10 comments:

Brigid said...

I like those grips a lot.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Thanks, Brigid!

Anonymous said...

A few years ago I purchased a 1911A1, Colt parts are interchangable and shoots very nice, that the serial numbers were all properly placed on the frame, slide and barrel for a sistema Model 1927 .45 manufactured in 1958. The pistol appears to have been arsenal refinished but the slide and frame markings are missing. The only marking, other that the serial numbers, is the importer stamp on the slide. The importer was VAM Distribution, Wooster, OH - is this a sistema and why no slide markings?

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Wow, that one is a mystery. I did some web searches and came up with nothing ...

Sorry,

Zack

Anonymous said...

Very nice Argentinian .45ACP pistol ! ! ! ! ! !

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

where did you buy your recoil spring?

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

I usually use Wilson Combat for springs, etc.

JM Ahearn said...

What symptom was your gun having that required replacing the recoil spring. Mine will not chamber a shell. Even ball.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

I replaced it as a matter of hygiene; I had no idea how much use the original spring had on it.

I am by no measure an expert, so take anything I say with a grain of salt. The magazine MAY be causing your feed problems. With old 1911 style guns like this, I have the best luck with quality 7-round magazines (the 8-round mags changed the feed angle in order to gain the extra capacity). Mec-Gar (Italy) and Wilson Combat (USA) make very good mags.

Thanks for the visit!