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    Just received my first Colt SAA, its 1898 sn 181711. My uncle surprised me with it over the weekend and I've been researching since! This is an awesome piece of craftsmanship. Taking it to gunsmith soon to have it checked out to see if it's safe to fire .. I'll never fire it but want to know if it's all in order.. the cylinder has a little slop so I'm sure it would need a little attention..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruster View Post
    Here is a link to my list of 1st Generation Colt SAA revolvers owned by famous Old West lawmen, outlaws, gunfighters, soldiers, and other noteworthy people.

    UPDATED 7/3/2019

    http://www.swshana.com/gun_website/Colt_SAA_SNs.pdf

    BE SURE TO REFRESH YOUR BROWSER TO ENSURE YOU HAVE THE LATEST EDITION.

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    That #33186 is mine. John Kopec referenced this SN in a recent article. It was discovered on a South Texas ranch in the early 1960's.

    The most interesting factory letter provides details about this revolver's original purpose, and notes delivered to U.S. Gov't inspector at Colt's as one of 3 model guns on 2-13-1877. The other 2 SN's were 33191 and 33220. These three model guns were included in a shipment of 203 SAA's, and all were 45/c, BNL, Blue, & SNL. The Colt letter also mentions that this gun was returned by the Gov't for remodeling & re-shipped to the commanding officer at Manila, P.I. on 11-26-1901.

    Included here is an OLD picture of that Colt SAA.
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    Below is a link to an updated copy of my Colt SAA 1st Generation Serial Number List. I added several new serial numbers on 08/27/2019.

    http://www.swshana.com/Colt_SAA_SNs.pdf

    AFTER OPENING THE LINK, BE SURE TO REFRESH YOUR BROWSER TO ENSURE YOU HAVE THE LATEST COPY.

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    I received my letter from the Colt Archives. Unfortunately there was nothing exciting or noteworthy in the history but I'm glad I requested the information - $100 well spent. Manufactured in August 1913, shipped a month later to a hardware store in St. Joseph, Missouri.

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    Started a thread on this in the forum today before remembering this sticky. The 7.5", pearl handled .44 belonging to Hank Vaughan, serial numbered 146787, is on display at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association Museum in Salem, Oregon. I imagine the provenance is solid.

    Thanks, Ruster, for the effort to gather and post the great info!

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    WOW, thanks for the great information. I may have one of mine in this list, I have to look it up for sure.
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    .45 or More!

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    Two SAA's in my former collection
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    Hans Maag, Switzerland

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    Ons the letter for the Battle Of Britain SAA is no serial number. Here a foto of the gun and an intern Colt document
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    Hans Maag, Switzerland

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    Hi Rusty,

    Just purchased my first Colt SAA. The Serial number is 14088. From your list it apperars to be in the range of guns purchased back by Colt from Virginia and resold. It is configured in 44-40 with a 4 inch barrel. It is stamped with DCF inspector initials on the frame and barrel. I am trying to figure out how a first year SAA is chambered in 44-40 and that may be answer. Is is possible that they bought back the gun the reconfigured it to fill an order. The barrel only has the inspectors initials stamped on it with a large letter "P" next to them. It is nickel plated. Any information you may have would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Dan Whiteford
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