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    Quote Originally Posted by hbum View Post
    i have a rusty single action that belonged to my wife's grandfather. i believe it is 44-40, but can't find it stamped anywhere. the barrel has been shortened and it's missing some parts. the serial number is stamped on the frame and grip in 3 places as 11208, and on the barrel and cylinder as 1208. can any of you experts tell me the significance of this difference and what they mean? also, considering it's condition, does it have any value?

    thanks a lot for y'alls help
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    At somewhere near #10225 Colt's instructions were to stamp only 4 digits on the barrel and cylinder (not 5 as formerly done). I wonder if this is a "U. S." gun with a tiny "A" under the trigger guard SN, right behind the hammer on backstrap, on the periphery of cylinder, and underside of barrel? The "U. S." to the right of the patent dates may be obscured by rust, or may have been removed. Ainsworth ("A") was the dominant Government Inspector for the early Colt SAA purchases.

    Most likely this is a 45 Colt, and you can confirm that by peering through a cylinder chamber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highway08 View Post
    Oh, you're killing me, it was in that holster and grandpa had a big Belgian .44 too ! Man that rig has that "been up the trail" vibe in spades. Pictures of the Belgian too please.
    been kinda busy lately, but i'll try to get some pics of the belgian 44 if it's of interest.

    thanks for your pm, but i can't reply until i post more comments. if you send me another pm with your email address i will reply that way.

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