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    Hey Paul,
    If one is looking at a Colt that has Custom Shop label on its box, can/will Colt customer service or the Archive give out info on it, over the phone- or is an Archive letter required?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 68python View Post
    Hey Paul,
    If one is looking at a Colt that has Custom Shop label on its box, can/will Colt customer service or the Archive give out info on it, over the phone- or is an Archive letter required?
    Customer service will not have access to any archive records. We would typically need to do an archive research for the gun.
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    Paul, when do you foresee having the 'COLTS FOR SALE" and the "SELL AND CONSIGN" parts of your website up and running. I keep checking back not wanting to miss something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy3921 View Post
    Paul,

    The question was asked in the Colt Revolver Forum as the earliest Pre Detective made, (Police Positive Special with 2" barrel marked 38 Special on the barrel". You lettered one to me PPS 2", Barrel Marked, 38 Special, lettered as SN 336999, Noted as Selected, shipped to the Dept of Police, St Louis, MO, 1 Gun, Shipped, May 14, 1926. Any thoughts on what the earliest SN or date was? Thanks, Andy
    Andy. I have been collecting these for many years and can not remember seeing one that dates before 1926. This is the earliest shipping date 2" PPS that I have recorded:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colt1860 View Post
    Paul, when do you foresee having the 'COLTS FOR SALE" and the "SELL AND CONSIGN" parts of your website up and running. I keep checking back not wanting to miss something.
    It will likely still be a couple of months. I will actually be posting an update soon about the business!
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    Colt letter states "Special feature-Furnished with a B. P. Catch"

    Paul,
    Someone suggested I ask this question about a Special Feature mention on a Colt letter for 1896 shipped Colt.
    Thanks for any info you may be able to give.
    tdennis

    Special feature - Furnished with a B. P. Catch


    Curiosity has the best of me. I saw on a Colt letter : "Special feature - Furnished with a B. P. Catch" the gun was shipped in 1896 and has the modern style spring-loaded base pin release. Can someone explain what this is to a novice collector.
    tdennis
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    tdennis,

    My guess is they are talking about the spring loaded base pin release and abbreviating it as "B.P. Catch" (base pin catch?). The only reason I can think of as to why they mentioned this feature specifically in the shipment is that the dealer specifically wanted to ensure that this was a feature on the revolvers, rather than possibly getting black powder frames (which, in my somewhat limited SAA knowledge, could have still been hanging around in 1896). I have only seen this specifically descrbied in one shipment I can think of, I think to Frank Budge in Miami?
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    Paul,
    Thanks I suspect your guess is probably spot on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pds03003 View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I know a few people here are aware of my presence now, but I just wanted to make it known to everyone (whether that is a mistake, we will soon find out ). I'm Paul from the Colt Archives, and i've noticed a good number of threads which have factory letter & record questions, which I have seen answered correctly and incorrectly. I'm happy to answer any questions anyone here has about either our process, what kind of records are available, and even try to answer questions on some of the inconsistencies or oddities that you all may have seen in factory letters. I won't be able to answer questions on "does this gun look right" or anything like that (as there are FAR more knowledgable people than myself when it comes to the physical characteristics), but anything related to the documentation contained in the archives at Colt I'll be more than happy to answer. I'd prefer if any questions come through this thread rather than through private messages, or maybe we could make a sticky thread for it, that way any questions & answers can be shared & available for the entire community to use.

    Please view the attached link to the Colt Archive Services Website for general information, sample letters, and ordering information.

    http://www.colt.com/Customer-Services/Archive-Services

    Paul
    Paul,

    I have one general question about the Colt SAA Long Flute production. It has been said that there is an entry which reads something like "The following 1480 guns were equipped with Long Flute Cylinders". That entry cannot be in the Shipping Ledgers, as we all know how scattered those serial numbers are. I am guessing that some form of Production or Assembly Ledger contains this comment, where serial numbers may be kept in consecutive order. Is this correct?

    Many Thanks in advance for your reply!

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    Paul,
    What is the current cost and turnaround time of a standard letter on a 1978 SAA?
    Thanks
    Jack


 
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