Author Topic: Stainless Steel Colt 1860 Pattern Pistol  (Read 2771 times)

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Stainless Steel Colt 1860 Pattern Pistol
« on: April 12, 2016, 07:12:07 AM »
Belgian Centaure Regular New Model Army (RNMA) 7th variation #12306 from 1972.
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Re: Stainless Steel Colt 1860 Pattern Pistol
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2016, 09:46:46 AM »
Long Johns...
Is that stainless?!!!!
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Re: Stainless Steel Colt 1860 Pattern Pistol
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2016, 10:05:38 AM »
Yes, Sir, it is indeed.
The Centaure RNMA 7th variation was made of stainless steel.
As opposed to their brothers of the 6th variation RNMA (pics below of #13859).
The latter variations had their high gloss polished surface heat treated as a rust protection
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Re: Stainless Steel Colt 1860 Pattern Pistol
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2016, 12:08:48 PM »
Well,  I'll be dipped!
Never seen a SS Centaure before.
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Re: Stainless Steel Colt 1860 Pattern Pistol
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2016, 02:02:31 AM »
These 7th variation RNMAs are pretty rare.
Based on Paden's and my research we calculate that no more than 60 were made.
90 % were sold in Germany, 8 % in Europe and 2 % ended over on the Western side of the big pond.
The latter one is a "possible" 7th variation RNMA.
We assume she was liberated by a US soldier stationed in Europe during the early 1970s and then brought home to the States when his or her term was over.
Incidentally, the 6th variation RNMA's finish was dubbed back in the days "stainless look".
Guess why?
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Re: Stainless Steel Colt 1860 Pattern Pistol
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2016, 10:48:53 AM »

Incidentally, the 6th variation RNMA's finish was dubbed back in the days "stainless look".
Guess why?
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Re: Stainless Steel Colt 1860 Pattern Pistol
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2016, 03:07:41 AM »
Take a close look at this Centaure RNMA 6th variation #123xx from 1972.
That's why it is called "stainless look" but not stainless steel!
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Re: Stainless Steel Colt 1860 Pattern Pistol
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2016, 04:22:23 AM »
Here is another example of a "stainless look" Centaure, a Marshal 1st variation 2nd sub-variation #125xx.
These pistols require some cleaning and a light surface coating with oil, WD 40 etc. after a shoot.
Her owner forgot the maintenance and paid the price.
On the other hand if properly cared for these stainless look Centaures offer in return decades of good shooting service and collectors' joy.
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Re: Stainless Steel Colt 1860 Pattern Pistol
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2016, 10:25:20 PM »
Ouch!
Is that just plain steel, then? Or an alloy with some stainless involved?
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Re: Stainless Steel Colt 1860 Pattern Pistol
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2016, 01:59:43 AM »
Just a carbon steel alloy with some heat treatment as a rust protection.
Hence "stainless look"!
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Re: Stainless Steel Colt 1860 Pattern Pistol
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2016, 10:42:30 AM »
FWIW...I have a Remington project I have been working on for over two years. It is completely disassembled and white (bare steel) and stored in some Ziplock freezer bags. To date, there is ZERO rust on any of the bare steel parts. Everything else in my workshop bare steel has some surface corrosion (very damp in the summer). Just thought I'd mention that in case anyone has a unblued steel gun they are worried about rusting.
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