Sorry CraigC but I have to disagree with you on this one. In the case of the SAA, as with much of “Old West” lore, I think Hollywood and popular culture have shaped our perceptions of these guns more so than verifiable history. Hell, as long as writers have been commentating on the exploits of the famous “pistoleros” of that era, hyperbole has prevailed. The bottom line is this, the Vast majority of these guns were purchased, carried and utilized by folks who were far more concerned with keeping their family’s fed than making a name for themselves as the fastest gun in the west. They utilized these guns, when necessary, exactly as ol’ Sam intended. Of course there are exceptions, but I can assure you the sight of a cowboy fanning a hammer from the hip and dropping 6 banditos in a dusty saloon is the stuff of big-screen make believe. Heck, quite a few of the famous lawmen and outlaws we revere today killed plenty of men who didn’t have anything hanging off their belt but their britches. How quick do you need to be on the draw when your shooting someone at point blank range while they’re in the middle of a card game? In my opinion, modifying SAA’s in every manner imaginable so that they can be drawn quicker and fired rapidly is a practice, albeit an early one, rooted more in romanticized fantasy than historical practicality.