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    Quote Originally Posted by victorio1sw View Post
    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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    Correct- the production records indicate a specific serial number range of SAA's equipped with the DA / Long Flute cylinders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack65K View Post
    Paul,
    What is the current cost and turnaround time of a standard letter on a 1978 SAA?
    Thanks
    Jack
    Usual turnaround is about 90 days, but we have been generally running a week or two behind due to increased volume of research requests.
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    Good morning Paul,

    Recently on the "Got Hammerless" thread
    (https://www.coltforum.com/forums/col...ml#post3039035), we've become aware of a discrepancy between Brunner's statement "In 1917 at s/n *250000 (*34000) the last three digits of the serial number were stamped on the firing pin housing of the slide." and several Belgian contract 1903s (pre 250000 serial numbers) with the last three digits of the s/n stamped on the firing pin housing.

    Likely an oversight by Brunner, although I wonder if
    you have a copy of the Belgian 1903 contract in your archives that could be researched for documentation of the slide stamping?

    Thanks.

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    Hi Paul,
    For the Navy51 I have in mind letters available only fom #98.000 to #132.000.
    So impossible to have one in the 165.000 range? Right?
    Thank you
    chad45

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    Paul,
    Thanks for the reply on the turnaround time for the letter but what is the cost?
    Jack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack65K View Post
    Paul,
    Thanks for the reply on the turnaround time for the letter but what is the cost?
    Jack
    Jack - it's all explained here, complete with a way to order and everything. Best of luck! Let us know your results of whatever you're researching.

    https://coltarchives.com/?fbclid=IwA...HAfvF2qsviaLe4

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    Paul,
    I read an article online that stated that Colt did a limited run (about 500) of all blued SAA's in 1978. Do you have any information that you can share on whether or not that was the case?
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    Wow! First thanks Paul for making the effort to answer everyone's questions. I am impressed with your fortitude!

    One more question for you. In 1998 or 1999 Colt offered a 125th Year Anniversary SAA. The guns seem extremely rare if my search is any indication. I've heard anything from just 125 being produced to 2000 of them being produced. Although I have yet to find one with a serial number past SA74125. Do you have any source that can tell us how many were made? The other comment I heard was the frames for this series of guns were actually long lost, unfinished Colt frames from the early 1920's. Any way to verify that? Any known back story to how these guns came to be made? If this is info I should be paying for in a letter I would be happy to call and do that with you.

    "Only 2000 made in 1999 that have unused 2nd gen serial numbers from 74000 -75999. But the SA is a prefix, not a suffix like 2nd gens.

    These are the first 3rd gens to have the removable cyl bushing which didn't become standard on all new 3rds until 2003.

    The "125th SAA Anniversary Edition" "Model P1850AE", 5 1/2" Bbl, 45 Colt Oven Blue/Color Case":

    It commemorates the 125th anniversary of the SAA model, 1873 to 1998.

    Colt apparently left a large block of almost 8000 numbers unused in 1978 so there wouldn't be duplicate #s of 2nd gens with 3rd gen guns. Perhaps sales weren't what they anticipated and stopped at 2000 units.

    Details:
    Front sight is a tapered blade and the rear is a 'V' notch.
    Grip medallions are oversize, 5/8" and read "125th Anniversary 1873-1998"

    And have 3rd gen barrel threads of 1x24, although originally advertised as having the 2nd gen 1x20 tapered thread.

    Sent to Turnbull in the white for finishing and special barrel rollmarking in the 1920's font, CCH hammer, black powder cyl chamfer, and barrel caliber marking of ‘45 COLT’, not 'Single Action Army 45'. Returned to Colt for selling thru their regular distributors."


    Here is a ad for this Series of Colt's. Thanks for your time!

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    Excellent email newsletter just arrived today. I really LIKE this feature Paul; well done to all involved!
    Tony

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    Paul,

    On the archives page of the records that you have there is a notation that the lightning rifle records are limited. Could you please give more details about what that means. Are there gaps in the serial numbers, etc. Thank you for your time.

    John
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