As for provenance, I need information that substantiates the gun was owned/used by a particular individual, military unit, etc. Examples include Colt Letters (showing the gun was shipped to a well-known individual like Bat Masterson), Kopec Authentication Letters, information published in a book, magazine, or newspaper article, information from the Springfield Research Center, credible documentation from direct family members, engraved citations on the gun itself, information extracted from museum displays, etc.
Please contact me if you have a question.
Last edited by Ruster; 04-11-2019 at 04:34 AM.
I've enjoyed reading thru the list. Was hoping to find mine. It is in between two that you have listed, serial # 3516X. Would it be unusual for one in that era to not be marked U.S.? It is all numbers matching except has been converted to .38 special with Colt Parts.
Thank you for your feedback.
Your Colt SAA revolver was made in 1877. Colt made 7,999 of these guns that year. According to contract information in "A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver" by Graham, Kopec & Moore, the U.S. government acquired 1,003 SAA's during 1877. A much higher percentage (87.5%) went to the civilian market. Therefore, it would not be unusual to find a Colt SAA made in 1877 without the U.S. marking.
Last edited by Ruster; 05-12-2019 at 04:07 PM.
Just to let you know that between number 48864 and # 49221 you have 5 serial numbers that do not follow the correct numeral sequence.
1st Generation Colt SAA Serial Number List UPDATED 7/3/2019
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Last edited by Ruster; 10-20-2019 at 10:38 AM. Reason: Update
After General Custer and 264 of his men died at the Battle of Little Big Horn, troopers of the 5th rode after the Sioux to avenge the deaths of their fellow cavalrymen. The punitive ride quickly became known as the Horsemeat March, one of the most brutal forced marches in American military history. Men and horses suffered from starvation, but they eventually caught up with the Indians. Under the leadership of Col. Wesley Merritt, a Civil War veteran, the 5th was instrumental in defeating the Indians at the Battle of Slim Buttes. It was the first significant victory for the army following Little Bighorn.
Thank you so much for this work!
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I sent you a separate email but thought I'd make my first post to this thread. My father recently past away and he left what I believe is a 1st Gen SA Army .45 but want to confirm. The only number I see is 330178, directly in front of the trigger guard. It has ivory handles with no stamps or coins in the handle (i.e. smooth finish). Any help would be appreciated.
Here's my email reply, which others may find useful:
I believe you have a 1st Generation Colt SAA made in 1915. The serial numbers of 2nd generation guns end with the letters “SA”, for example: 23345SA.
Here is the Colt web site that will confirm that your revolver was made in 1915:
You should consider requesting a letter from the Colt Factory regarding your gun. This letter will describe your gun when it left the factory, and will show where it was shipped. Here is a link that describes how to request a letter and what it costs:
I hope this information helps.