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    Quote Originally Posted by cover View Post
    I will ask Colt Archive Dpt. for full information on Monday.

    I stopped him as soon as he said Bisley.
    Didn´t want to pay 150 dollars for a letter if it was a bogus gun.

    What to make of the S/N fonts?
    Is it just font variation within that production range or did they possibly restamp the S/N after rework/refinish?

    You are right.....it is kind of exciting to try and figure out this odd case :-)
    I believe the factory will confirm to you the original caliber and barrel length and finish and stocks if listed for free but if you want to know where or to whom it was shipped you have to pay.

    Notice how nice and neat and uniform the numerals are on your gun? The numbers have a different look to them that what I see is the norm in that 324,xxx range.Compare to the picture mswill and I put up previously. The closest serial number to it that I've owned is 325,575 and alas, I owned it 29 years ago and there weren't digital cameras back in that day but it had a similar font as the 330,xxx and 339,xxx range guns.

    Is there any serial number on the bottom of the butt? Looks like you can make out a trace of the remains of a serial number on the triggerguard to me.

    Can you tell if there is a circle around the rampant colt on the frame?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe A. View Post
    Would the saa backstrap mate up correctly to the Bisley frame?
    I believe the frames are the same......it's the straps and grips and hammer and hammer spring and trigger and caliber marking that makes a Bisley model "different".

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    As long as it functions properly, I'd be happy as a clam to have paid $2,000 for that gun.

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    I would be pleasantly surprised for you, if it lettered as factory engraving.

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    This on has a SN that is fairly close.

    1912_Colt.jpg picture by doons_photo - Photobucket

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    This on has a SN that is fairly close.

    1912_Colt.jpg picture by doons_photo - Photobucket
    That's a nice example of one that is closer than what I had pictured.....see how the numbers are kind of jumbled in size and font?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coltsixguns View Post
    Is there any serial number on the bottom of the butt? Looks like you can make out a trace of the remains of a serial number on the triggerguard to me.

    Can you tell if there is a circle around the rampant colt on the frame?
    There is no numbers on the butt (or under)

    I can read only the last "3" and part of the last "2" from the triggerguard S/N.
    Tracing paper and pencil produced no result.

    The rampant Colt has no circle around it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe A. View Post
    Would the saa backstrap mate up correctly to the Bisley frame?
    Hmm...short answer: NO

    The Bisley frame was 5/32 - 3/16 of an inch deeper at the rear flats, moving the grip up closer in line with the barrel.

    So this revolver is either featuring an incorrect S/N or it has been subject to some crazy refitting........Or ....the Colt Archives are off on this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cover View Post
    Hmm...short answer: NO

    The Bisley frame was 5/32 - 3/16 of an inch deeper at the rear flats, moving the grip up closer in line with the barrel.

    So this revolver is either featuring an incorrect S/N or it has been subject to some crazy refitting........Or ....the Colt Archives are off on this one.
    Interesting......wish I had a Bisley in my safe currently. I never knew the frames were different.

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    Speaking as an engraver I can verify that the Bisley & the SAA frames are not the same....very similar but.... not the same.

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