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    Interesting S/N 3rd Generation Colt blackpowder pistol (Signature Series)

    I bought a few of these when they came out about 20 yrs ago. Supposedly the S/N ranges were supposed to pick up where the 2nd Gen left off. Was looking at the S/N on my 1851 Navy, and it matched up with a 1st Gen made in 1853. Interesting coincidence! I've seen the flaking/pitting of the plating on other 3rd Gens--was that a common issue?







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    The 2nd Generation Square Back Navy started at sn 4201 and went up to, approximately, the 28000 range (I'm too lazy to check my books for the exact number). So yours is in the 3rd Generation sn range as there are no Square Back 1st Gens in the 33000 range.

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    Thanks for the info!

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    Welcome to the forum. I don't own a 3rd gen, but just before and during the holidays I began researching the signature series while thinking bout buying one either online or local. There we one local and that's what stirred me into it. I noticed that the nickel flaking was mentioned in several listing on otherwise mint guns. I deduced then that it must be a common issue.

    .. But I don't know the explanation or cause behind the effect.

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    Is it nickel and not silver like the 2nd gens? I only own two 3rd gens. One is a walker, which has no plating, but the other in an 1849 pocket, which I got about a year ago. At first I thought the plating was silver, but began to wonder why it never tarnished like the plating on the 2nd gens tend to do. I guess I assumed they had varnished or otherwise use a silver substitute that didn't tarnish. I'm curious now.

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    I have a Witneyville Harford 3rd. (Sinnature series) generation Dragoon in unfired condition and the plating is seriiously flaking on it.

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    IMHO - they should have recalled all those Gen 3 - very poor nickel plating adhesion. That and i don't understand why they did it.. they originals were blued / brass Trigger guard and/or backstrap. Logically you would think they would stick to that if its a true reproduction / series continuation.

    This nickle is circa 1880s -



    in the Grand scheme of things it holding up better after over 120 + years.

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    I think you will find that it was Silver plating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stanforth View Post
    I think you will find that it was Silver plating.
    really? Every source i came accross stated it was nickle. Either way should not be flacking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spaxspore View Post
    really? Every source i came accross stated it was nickle. Either way should not be flacking.
    The 'Blue Book of Modern Black Powder Arms' and Dennis Russell's 'Percussion Colt Revolvers - The Second Generation' both say silver.


 
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