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    help with serial number

    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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    It is just that Colt did not use the full serial number on the barrels, or cylinders once they hit 5 digits. They just used the last 4 digits of the serial number.

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    it is an 1884 gun with all matching numbers. There may be a matching number on the inside of the grips. It should be 45 Colt as it is early for a 44-40. It may also have a US stamped on the left side of the frame. I would like to see the top of the hammer to see if it too is period correct. The barrel is cut too short for an ejector housing. A very interesting gun. Value is a bit hard to pin down without holding the gun in hand but I would guess 2000 to 2500 give or take a bit. Some of us like the early guns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikebiker View Post
    it is an 1884 gun with all matching numbers.
    This SAA revolver (SN: 11208) was made in 1874, not 1884.

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    I would think the value of that SAA would be below $1000. It strikes me as nothing more than a 'wall hanger.'
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    Yes 1874 is correct. I hit the wrong key. As for value it comes in two forms. Actual value which would be 1000 or less based on the condition. Perceived value based on history, romance, and this being the iconic colt Single Action would surely drive the price higher in an auction.
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    Phone only this morning so pics not good. Is that a A under the TG number?

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    Nice old Colt. Don't buff it up or clean with anything abrasive as it will hurt the value. Bit I would spray it down with a good penetrating oil.
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    One persons "nice" is another persons "wall-hanger". Personally, that thing looks rough to me. I cant imagine it bringing anywhere near $2000.00 unless it has some very interesting and well documented history.
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    I have to agree with hearsedriver…..although I really like the OP's Colt, I do think 2K for that Colt is way too much. BUT that doesn't mean that someone out there wouldn't pay such a sum!


 
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