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    Why so little love for Commemorative's?

    I've been looking a long time for an affordable 2nd Gen. SAA in nice shape. This Col. Sam L. Colt Commemorative has been in the case at my LGS for 3-4 months at what I believe to be affordable, but thought it too nice to shoot. Today I pulled the proverbial trigger and started paperwork. I can't believe it sat as long as it did, or that I overlooked it so long, as I just realized it was priced at less than half of the current BB value for a standard 100% early 2nd Gen. 45LC.
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    1st off, nice looking complete package you have! With that said: Most commemorative's are, IMHO, butt ugly. Gold this and that, plaques chiseled into beautiful walnut stocks, engraved pics of John Wayne that make him look like a cartoon character, etc. and so on. I've never seen one that even came close to the gun they originated from. Most people can agree that a nice Winchester rifle is a thing of beauty. Not so with a commemorative model. Just too much bling for me, though others are sure to disagree

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    Gaudy= turn off for 98% of them regardless of what model or who made it or what, agency,celebrity is being celebrated.
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    I think if you can buy it right it is worth it, when you can buy a commemorative for the same or less than an original firearm, it could be a good buy. If you want to shoot it and you bought it right , enjoy the hell out of it.

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    Allot of them are ugly.... but not yours!
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    It's a 2nd. gen SAA at a bargain price. At least the cylinder looks to be hand engraved rather than laser etched. Shoot it and enjoy!

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    For me.. for the most part they are just to Ugly / Gaudy

    Like everything there are exceptions..
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    I consider the vast majority of commemorative SAAs as "phony" or "manufactured" collectibles, promoted by Colt to increase sales, with little inherent collectibility.

    Out of curiosity, what was the last commemorative SAA issued by Colt? I can't imagine Colt, with it's current VERY limited SA production capacity, wasting any of it's production on a new commemorative.

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    I never say this, but this may be a candidate for a refinish! After all, I believe commemoratives are already refinished once. You could take it back to looking like a factory Colt. Which underneath there somewhere it is.
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    I don't think mine is ugly
    I think it has the right amount of engraving and the grip match up well with the blue & CC

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