Saturday, June 25, 2022, 07:14

I've wanted to have a Fitz Special ever since I was the kid learning to shoot big bore sixguns of the 1950s. No, I did not want an original, which would be very rare and very expensive, and definitely a collectors’ item. I would be happy simply to have a top gunsmith build one for me on a Colt New Service. I earlier found what I thought would be the perfect candidate for a Fitz Special, a 5-1/2” Late Model New Service in .45 Colt. Although having considerable pitting on the right side of the barrel and part of the cylinder, it was mechanically perfect and the interiors of both barrel and cylinder were like new. There was one major problem-- it shot much too well to touch. A .45 Colt that places five shots, fired double action standing at 50 feet, in less than 1-1/2” is not to be messed with!

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