It wasn't until I saw one of these close up at a gun show that I realized how flawed my LEGO version was. The trigger needed to swing on a hinge, and there should have been a grip safety, similar to the one on a 1911-style pistol. Neither of these were very easy to add on a frame this small, but I'm happy with the results so far!
About this creation
I don't know how many people have used profile bricks to look like slide serrations, but I thought it would be a nice addition.
Here's the new trigger. It was a surprizingly hard feature to add, but I think it turned out just fine.
And now the grip safety! It doesn't move very much, so look closely in the next photo.
It doesn't keep the trigger from moving on the real gun, but it does keep the striker from falling. Pretty cool, eh?
But now, I'm very pleased to announce that I finally managed to get my hands on the REAL pistol! So, here's my chance to show you some of the stuff I'd still like to add.
The overall shape is about as realistic as I can get it, but there will always be a certain blockiness to LEGO bricks that I can't do anything about.
The sights are one of the biggest problems.
As you can see, they're down in this narrow groove, to keep them from snagging on the edge of your pocket if you have to pull the gun out in a hurry. With only one layer of plates on top of the gun, I'm just not sure how to do this.
The safety lever is another problem. In the up position, it keeps the gun from firing, and it also keeps the slide from... uh... sliding? But to make matters worse....
It ALSO doubles as a slide lock! I'd like the LEGO version to function the same way, but maybe I'm just being too picky.
Another problem is the barrel. It's much too thin to be realistic, but this is the best I can do in a 3-wide gun. There's also that pesky little guide rod to think about...
And that's about all I have to say about the new version of my Colt pistol. I would appreciate your advice on how to add the features that I've talked about, and I would also like to challenge those who have already built the first version to see if they can add these features themselves.
Well, that's all for now. I hope you enjoyed, and thank you for viewing!
Quoting Tyler S.
By the way would you like me to put up the instructions for how I got the slide to move? I beleive it would work fairley well with your current model.
That's completely up to you. I think I already know how the blowback design works, but it would be interesting to see what your design looks like. Also, if I can FINALLY improve my lighting, I might just post some instructions for the new frame on my Colt.
Thankyou! I did a bit if research and found it.. They stopped making it Years ago. However they do make the "colt 380 pocketlite" which is the modern day version.. BTW I FINALY UPLOADED MINE! Check it out and tell me what you think.
Quoting Tyler S.
I love it. Btw, where did you get the real thing from?!
Glad you like it! I bought the real one from a guy in California on Gubroker.com. He had kept it in his gun safe for over ten years without even trying to fire it! But for the condition it's in, he sold it dirt cheap. This pistol was made in 1919, by the way.
I love it. Btw, where did you get the real thing from?! I've been looking ALL over the internet... (I made this a while ago and made QUITE a few mods to it.. Im hoping to post it soon ut I added -working slide with trigger, and clip release,and laser pointer on the bottom.)
I'm a bit concerned that you have a ready-to-fire .50 calibre bullet put by the trigger of the real gun. I've got an unusable .50 cal, and a selection of others, all with the primers hammered in so they can't be fired. Oh yeah, nice lego version as well, seems a lot like it, just make it a stud thinner and it'll be fine.
Great work Nate! Moving trigger and grip safety and everything. Does the slide slide? I've never built a gun--I should try it someday. Its fun to branch out from the perpetual cars...I just posted a non-car too--I think it is one of my best creations ever. Check it out if you have time. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/238883 Keep up the good work, you should build a revolver. -matthew-
Bloody good job Nate! It's amazing how the real Colt seems to be 2 studs wide, so your gun's actually overseized! (A little) Anyways, I've been working on a .25 based on your first one. I think I have found a way of a better slide-lock, but I'll inform you if I post it. As for the sights: I'm still working on those aswell. The only way seems to be modifying a few pieces...