That black powder frame 7 1/2” Gunslinger is cool as heck. I’d love to find a 7 1/2” Rodeo to use as a platform for antiquing one of these days. The Custer’s I’ve seen pop up lately have sold for way more than I’d be willing to spend. Coz, did you cold blue that Rodeo in the 2nd pic?? That is a really sharp look.
Thanks, it isn't cold blue. Combo of hand buffing and rust blue.
Both hard ones to find, Gunslingers and Rodeos in 7.5". BP frame in either version harder yet I suspect.
Just FYI to those new to USFA guns or those who may come along in the future..
Iíve seen a good handful of antiqued Rodeo models over the years being sold on the internet as The Gunslinger model.
Rodeoís have a letter prefixed serials (A, B , D, etc. ) and the Gunslinger model has a five digit serial that normally begins with the number 5, unless it has a custom serial. There are some out there. The serial will be in three places like 1st gen Colts, and Rodeos just bottom of mainframe.
The good news is that the Rodeo and Gunslinger are equal in build quality .. which is what makes the Rodeo such a bargain for a quality shooter. However, USFA sold the Rodeo for $650 and the Gunslinger for about $1300 . USFA had some pretty good touches.. grip wear, pitting, etc. based on the the natural wear that Iíve seen on 1st gens, Itís pretty accurate. I also think the case coloring fades disappears and parts bluing wears at different rates , giving a two tone look between frame and the cylinder and barrel.
The USFA John Wayne Red River model was another model that USFA did as a factory antiqued feature. USFA did them very specific since they werenít a custom order, but a limited run. I seem to remember that they did not build as many as originally planned, which is another reason so few are seen for sale. The Red River model is more of a handling / holster wear look.. instead of a late 1880ís Colt. itís more dark than gray and no pitting or rust.
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Red River models
Great pair of Red Rivers, I would love to find a 5.5 inch RR to go with my 4.75.
Originally Posted by what would you say
Serial number info always worth having at hand dealing with USFA guns.
Starting serial numbers per model
Lightning rifle 2000
Lend Lease 45ACP 357XXX
JW Red River D RRXXX
Rodeo Sheriff SKAXXX
Rodeo II Sheriff SMBXXX
Cowboy Sheriff SMCXXX
Sheriff SAA SMDXXX
Sheriff Bisley hammer/old Ivory grips/ circled US/long fluted cylinder US1XXX
Rodeo Serial begins with various single letter followed by 3 digits
China Camp CCXXX
Gunslinger model 57XXX or 58XXX
On the premium and Prewar guns these are what we have come up with so far.
Start at 21XXX and continue to the end of 28XXX and into early 29000 range.. Some of the late 28900 rage were Buntlines. 28958 and 28959 were 7.5" b/c engraved guns.
I'm unaware of any 29XXX but have been told there are some.
21213 parts gun
21215 parts gun
21651 parts gun
21857 and 21858 parts guns
22113 parts gun
22154 USA gun* cone firing pin, transitional guns by the # out of order?
22180 parts gun* transitional guns by the # out of order?
22293 cone USA
22358 cone 4 3/4, 38-40 True Ivory aged 2 piece grips
22421 cone firing pin
22566 cone 7.5, 38-40 and fire blue screws
22934 cone USA gun
Serial numbers on these guns will go to the early 29000s
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I antiqued my Rodeo a number of years ago. UDFA was still in business at that time. Love the gun but didn't like the Rodeo finish at all.
It's a little darker in the photo than in hand.
Could never warm up to USFA or Standard for that matter. Colt SAA fan especially 2nd gen.