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    1878 US Marked Artillery . Is it Real ?

    Well, I took a chance on one this morning after looking at it and decided to pull the trigger since it was local. I'll be upfront and tell you that I paid $2200.00 for it knowing it was a risk. I figured at that price, if it is a parts gun, it will part out for close to what I paid. I will say that this gun is mechanically sound with a decent bore. Im hoping you can shed some light on it for me. Is it a real artillery model or just a parts gun? Here is what I can tell you about it. The frame is serial number 42203 dating it to 1878. The 5 1/2" barrel is serial number 2576 and there is either a P or 2 or 3 letters stamped in a row but I cant make them out. 4 digits on the cylinder that I cant make out. TG is stamped 399 with an A under it. BS is stamped 138938. Grips fit poorly . I cant believe that they would have shrunk that much. Overall, gun has a good matching patina with signs of a re-blue in the past. I'll post pictures in the next 3 posts. I would appreciate an honest evaluation of condition and value . Im really interested in knowing if the serial number even falls into the range of US shipped guns. Thanks!
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    Well, it is certainly worth the $2200 you paid.
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    That was a good price for the gun. I would have shelled out $2200 for it!
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    Do you think I should letter it? Do the stampings look correct?
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    Looks good to me, I'm no expert, but I have owned about 8 US marked SAA's and the US on yours looks textbook correct to me. It hasn't had the softest of lives but wear appears pretty consistent overall.

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    The only letter you need to get is one from Kopec. The Colt Archive letters are of little value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saintclair View Post
    The only letter you need to get is one from Kopec. The Colt Archive letters are of little value.
    OK. I figured the Colt letter would confirm US shipment or confirm that it was reworked later. I know so little about these. I wasn't even sure if the US stamp was original or added but it looked right to me.
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    Well another great find....very well done...God Bless,John

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