The Goal Here?

Easy — and hard. It’s easy to say: “Let’s start with a plain Jane modern Colt Peacemaker and re-apply the lost Victorian details. To do this right takes attention to three important facets of the process. And it takes the talent to do it. It’s a bit like a “Resto-Mod” in the car world. You take a classic car, then while keeping the timeless lines and feel, upgrade parts and performance. So, what Eddie is doing here is essentially making a “Resto-Mod” Colt. Interesting.

Knowing exactly what details have been omitted is first. You can’t fix what you don’t know “needs fixing.” Having the ability to create these lost details using hand tools and old school machine processes is part two. And last, and at least as important as the first two, is knowing how to apply the vintage finishes all-important to enhancing what has been created. If the finish fails, then it takes away from the whole. So let’s ignore the terms “Cold Blue” or “Baked On Finish” here please — at least for now?

What Eddie accomplishes is often subtle, and unless you have a keen eye, one Colt may look like another. But like anything special, to the owner — and their discerning eye — it builds pride of ownership and an appreciation of the classic artists of old. A dividend? The ability to actually shoot your gun without harming an ancient, highly collectible artifact of the golden age of gun making. There is rhyme to this effort — and reasoning.