I'm still reading and have a LOT to learn. I didn't realize how much I like these all of a sudden. What a great moment in firearm history! The transition from the "cap and ball" era to "cartridge" era, but also smack in the middle of the westward expansion and Indian Wars era. I have been researching to get my first (probably ONLY) SAA (I want an "Artillery" alteration military SAA) but these conversions are a really great part of history.
I never take the Blue Book as gospel, but there seems to be a significant difference between the values they quote and what I found on the estimated values on the Rock Island Auction website. I guess I am trying to determine if the current selling price is just a "good" deal or a "get your butt over there ASAP and get it" price. I presume, the less matching number parts will continue to reduce the value. If I remember correctly, the loading gate matched, but I will definitely cut the zip tie and take a much closer look today.
Does the pitting cause any concern or is it considered normal for a weapon of this vintage? I own zero weapons of this age and am way out of my depth, but my gut tells me this is a solid, honest example at a decent price.
Does anyone have shipping information on this SN, 196033? I'd love to get a Colt letter for it.