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    I found some info that may explain how a non-U.S....

    I found some info that may explain how a non-U.S. marked gun became U.S. Government property. It came from page 133, Colt Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers...a Continuing Study by Kopec & Fenn.

    "The...
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    Although several parts bear government inspection...

    Although several parts bear government inspection marks, I don't think your gun was accepted by the government. That's why the frame is marked with the "Rampant Colt" instead of the "U.S."...
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    Yes

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  4. Thread: Cavalry pics

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    Interestingly, your gun bears serial number...

    Interestingly, your gun bears serial number 84306. Serial number 84304 belonged to John Wesley Hardin, the gunfighter and killer who many historians call the deadliest man in the Old West.

    Rusty...
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    Sticky: 1st Generation Colt SAA Serial Number List Updated

    I updated my list of 1st Generation Colt SAA revolvers owned by famous Old West lawmen, outlaws, gunfighters, soldiers, and other noteworthy people on 2/13/2020.
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    This gun is in remarkable condition. One must...

    This gun is in remarkable condition. One must note; however, that being made in 1891, it's a late production Cavalry revolver. Just two years later (1893), the Ordnance Department declared these...
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    Please post Mr. Kopec's letter. I'd like to read...

    Please post Mr. Kopec's letter. I'd like to read it. Thank you.

    Rusty Edwards
  8. For What's It's Worth

    For what's it's worth, I paid $6K for this 1883 Cavalry Revolver. Kopec gave it a silver-level accreditation. It's in great condition for its age.

    Rusty Edwards
  9. The $6K-$15K estimate sounds right. The part of...

    The $6K-$15K estimate sounds right. The part of the country where you buy the gun may also influence the price. Another factor is who owned the gun. A well documented gun assigned to a U.S....
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    Articles About Colt SAA Revolvers

    Here are a few articles about Colt SAA revolvers from the NRA archives. To make them easier to download and read, I combined them into a single .pdf document.

    Rusty Edwards
  11. Seeking Copy of Magazine Article About An Interesting Cavalry Colt

    Several years ago, I read an article about an interesting Cavalry Colt that was found in the rafters of an old barracks building when it was being torn down. As I recall, the article was in a 1980s...
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    Here's my secret... I own so many guns that my...

    Here's my secret... I own so many guns that my wife can't tell if I get a new one. This has worked well for me for the past 44 years.
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    Sticky: Here is a link to the UPDATED list of 1st...

    Here is a link to the UPDATED list of 1st Generation Colt SAA revolvers owned by famous Old West lawmen, outlaws, gunfighters, soldiers, and other noteworthy people.

    UPDATED 1/28/2020
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  14. The gun that Pat Garrett used to kill “Billy the...

    The gun that Pat Garrett used to kill “Billy the Kid” in 1881 was serial number 55093. It is pictured in the book “The Peacemakers” by R.L. Wilson. I don’t know if it was returned to Garrett’s wife....
  15. Your gun was made in 1899. I'm not sure of the...

    Your gun was made in 1899. I'm not sure of the complete serial number, but #191744 reportedly belonged to David Odem, who was the Patricio County Sheriff in Texas from 1882 to 1886 and again from...
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    Get a copy of the excellent reference book "A...

    Get a copy of the excellent reference book "A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver" by Graham, Kopec & Moore. While a bit expensive, it will provide much of the information you'll need to...
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    A piece of brass was sometimes added to the front...

    A piece of brass was sometimes added to the front sight to achieve the correct elevation. This modification was likely performed by a local gunsmith, not the Colt factory.
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    Colt is known to have stamped the caliber on the...

    Colt is known to have stamped the caliber on the trigger guard of military Colt SAA revolvers that they resold on the civilian market.
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    I like this gun and think $4K is a reasonable...

    I like this gun and think $4K is a reasonable price. I wished it could talk, as it probably has an interesting history.

    Rusty Edwards
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    John Kopec is a noted author, historian, and...

    John Kopec is a noted author, historian, and recognized expert on 1st Generation Colt SAA revolvers. He has co-authored at least two excellent reference books about these historical weapons. For a...
  21. You shouldn't return your gun to someone who has...

    You shouldn't return your gun to someone who has already demonstrated that they lack the skills to perform the work correctly. Additional buffing will be required to fix the blueing. As you know,...
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    Many retail outlets like Sears, Montgomery Ward,...

    Many retail outlets like Sears, Montgomery Ward, and Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co., were established in centrally-located Chicago to take advantage of the railroad network. Most (if not all) of...
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    For what it's worth, my 1st Generation SAA Serial...

    For what it's worth, my 1st Generation SAA Serial Number List includes serial number data from the Springfield Research Service.

    http://www.swshana.com/Colt_SAA_SNs.pdf
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    Your serial number is 20617. According to the...

    Your serial number is 20617. According to the Springfield Research Service, a Colt Cavalry model revolver bearing serial number 20615 was assigned to Troop C, 8th U.S. Cavalry in 1875. The 8thU.S....
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    I enjoyed reading the thread about the man who...

    I enjoyed reading the thread about the man who painstakingly removed years of rust from an old Colt revolver found in relic condition. Looking at his photos, it was difficult to picture how his gun...
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