I found this 1930 at a LGS (known in the valley as the most expensive shop) as a ”parts project”. ( I should have taken a “before” picture.) Since I will never sell it, I can safely say I paid a whopping $60 for it!!! After a couple of months of chasing down a correct barrel (a 1930 with the right proof marks, but sadly not the same serial number) and finding period proper internal parts-it lives!!!!
I learned/taught myself how to replicate the old rust bluing and the old nitrocellulose wood finish using modern day stuff. (Restoring a gun to look like “new” can be really tough, but restoring a gun to look like it how it would have looked new-way back in 1930-takes a whole different level of effort!!!!)
The neat thing about this is it was literally a bunch of various A5 parts thrown together. The receiver needed some welding before I could reblue it, and as I was trying to fit a stock to it, the oddball early A5 stocks I had wouldn’t fit. After a bunch of measuring and studying-it turns out the reason the wood was “wrong “was it is what’s known (as the picture shows) as an uber (with a capitol F) rare “straight-stock” or sometimes called a European stock.(!!!!)
Shoots smooth as a Swiss. (technically a Belgian) watch!!!!!