Not only is it a minor point, but in most cases it would be impossible to tell whether something like a barrel bushing was original to the gun (as long as it were 'correct'), speaking now of current and post-war commercial models.I realize that this is a minor point but the once the bushing is replaced, even with another new, but similar one, you are no longer "original" but the gun is still correct. For shooters this distinction is meaningless but for collectors it means a big difference in value. Bob
Moon Dawg,I bought a spare from my local gunshop who had a small parts drawer 1/4 full of them in both blue and nickel. This shop has been around for 60 years though and has an in-house smith.
Dunno how it could have been said better than that. Besides Colt's thumbs down, Jeff Cooper did also feel that way. I did careful measurements and ordered a Brown Precision "drop-in" solid bushing to replace the collet bushing my original Government Model (1970 first year run) since I use it as a carry gun and even remote possibility of failure is not acceptable. However, it didn't just drop in (as frequently happens with "drop-in" parts) - too tight in the slide. The good news was that it did drop in on the Series 70 Government Model I bought last year like it was tailor made for it and the solid bushing from that model was a perfect fit for the original.Collet bushings can either break fairly early on, or last as long as the pistol. There's really no set formula. However the fact is that serious shooters don't trust them, and for good reason. If you're worried about collector's value I think you should save the collet bushing in a bag somewhere and install a solid bushing for range use and defense.