Hi, almost... The cutoff date in France is 1900 but there is a particular requirement for the Colt SAA in which revolvers with a serial number above 192,000 are excluded.That would put a suitable revolver in or under the low 180,000 Sr. # range of what you can own there. Correct?
Well, I got the price down a little on the 1897 .38-40 and put a deposit on it. I know for a lot of people here the 1883 is a much more valuable and collectible gun... If I still lived in Florida I would have gone for it and bought an Italian copy for shooting. I will still buy an Uberti in .45, but I have to wait a year... By buying a real Colt now I am making sure that I won't have to give it back when European laws change, and scratching an itch I've had for years. The 1897, I will shoot very sparingly and only with BP. The serial being in the 174K range, I can do so without too much worry. Destroying an antique would make me sick, and not for financial reasons. So I went with the less collectible and more recent gun, for the steel... There might be counter arguments, but I also like the 4-3/4" barrel much better. I just feel better about this decision now.
Ya'll have a great week-end,