I envy and am happy for folks who have their grandfathers or great grandfathers firearm/s.
A Colt would be the ultimate , and yeah SAA the pinnacle .
My great grandfather came to America in the 1860’s from Norway , settling in Minnesota.
He was a jeweler and also performed watch repair . ( Have pic of business card )
So the Ultimate letter would be a Colt he ordered , or one to his shop if he had one .
My grandparents were wisely frugal having been raised in the Depression-
But I would think my GG would have the means and appreciation for a Colt .
Letter destination wise - a 1873 or 1877 shipped to Minnesota, pre 1900 to Erskine or somewhere local to .
My grandfather was a simple man , an outdoorsman and sportsman with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
He had a Remmy .308 , Winnie 101 and a Belgium Browning smoothboores.
He was not a handgun guy , but I learned on his Ruger .22s - SA and SA.
Little off topic there & here...but I was fortunate enough to receive his 101 ( shoulda picked the Belgium - had 1st pic )
I also have his pocket watch, which is turn of century and I like to believe was his fathers .
My gramps father died when he was a pre- teen , so he was the man of the house during the Depression.
Hugely high on My ultimate letters would be a lettered gun to Caldwell Colt .
Only because I know said letter exists- thread content on C Forum within last couple weeks.
Cant think of anyone else I’d like to more have a letter and Colt for.
Bat Masterson famous nickel .45 letter and six shooter would be right up there , but second to Caldwell’s.
As far as a top destination... after Minnesota connection would be Deadwood - if one did exist .
I have between nine and twelve lettered Colts , a few are quite rare .
A revolver and pistol are commissioned to me .
I hope in a couple generations my descendants will appreciate
and treasure my Colts as much as I do ..... gonna be tough !
My son Colt , just said couple weeks ago he couldn’t nor
wouldn’t ever get rid of them ....... he won’t need to though 🤠
Lastly regarding letters - I purchased a letter for my grandfathers cousin about fifteen or twenty years ago .
He was an Lt. Col. in the Korean War . He was strapped with a factory engraved nickel .45 SAA.
i received pictures and history on this quite rare revolver - which did letter as factory engraved nickel 4 3/4.
I as a huge Colt fan strongly felt this firearm deserved a factory letter .
I have tried numerous times to match the two of them together , most recently couple months ago .
Hopefully some day , the gun and letter will be united .
Gramps and Lt.Col. Christian are both now dead ....... But The COLT LEGEND will ALWAYS LIVE !!!