What would be year of manufacture for a 3rd gen Colt SAA, serial number SA34490?
I have a Colt officers Model target 2nd. Issue .38 Special SER# 559894. I think it was MFG in 1929. Does this sound correct?
I love this site. Found out my Trooper is a 1955
Model. What confused me at first was because it
Was a .38 spl not .357. I thought all the troopers
Were .357. It's still in perfect time and locks up tight as a safe. Which is strange since it has so much holster wear that most of the finish is gone. Someone must have carried it every day for twenty or more years but only shot it rarely.
That's ok, still shoots like a champ and I got it from the dealer for $200 because of the finish.
Thanks for the info.
Yes, original Troopers were 38 Special and 22LR only from 1953 to circa 1961 when the Model 357 morphed into the Trooper line as the Trooper 357.
The last person I know of that was given access was RL Wilson when he was writing "Colt: An American Legend", and in that case, Colt themselves considered it to be an "official" history of Colt production.
So, I have a Colt New Service in 45LC with a 5 inch barrel.
It has some " British " type Crown markings.
I described them in a letter to Colt, and when they sent me
my 'documentation letter', it says:
" Your firearm is one of 100 shipped to HRM Naval Ordnance Depot
in Halifax, Nova Scotia on December 6th, 1941. "
Yet when I looked up the serial number in the DOB section
# 352353 is shown as being made in 1943.
The Enemy Ace
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Actually, it shows as being made in 1942, still later than the reported ship date. Here is my guess, presuming the ship date is correct. Remember, nothing is for certain. I believe that the serial number blocks were assigned to years in advance, just to establish a framework/plan. That belief has some credibility IMO because that is often the way things are done and so many are on "round" breakpoints that it doesn't make sense that exactly 1,000 or 5,000 0r 20,000 guns were made in a year. The charts that first appeared in TBOCF were based on Colt manufacturing or "plan" records, not shipping records. It is not unusual for a gun to ship quite some time after the "assigned" manufacturing year. That shows up quite frequently in archive letters, which as you say, give actual shipping dates. Now we're in wartime. More guns than anticipated are needed to fill orders and more guns are manufactured in 1941 than anticipated and serial numbers right into the 1942 assigned block are used. Does someone go back and change the "plan"? No, because it really doesn't matter. So, the assigned number charts stay the same, but the manufacturing is accelerated. How's that for a wartime story (to the tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic)? Maybe, maybe not.
Last edited by A1A; 12-05-2010 at 05:12 PM.
Thank You A1A,
That is the best explanation anyone has been able to give me.
That the Colt Historian was wrong.
My eyesight is bad.
The ship was lost in the Nova Scotia Triangle.
In any case I appreciate your thoughts/research on the matter.
I'll see if I can get some pictures of the old fellow up here.
My next quest is to try and figure out how it made the trip
from up Nord ( over by dere ) to down here in Chicago.