Old timers and their guns and the collectors who followed them will always be a hot debate. It's a User vs Collector argument that's gone on for decades. It seems few collectors ever truly understand the 'a gun is a tool' concept until they either become an outlaw, a cop, or serve in the military. Yes you HEAR it when you're told and you act like you're no fool and know full well that guns are tools, but you don't LISTEN. I wonder if there's a forum out there about woodworking tools with collectors complaining that their 2019 "Colt" tools are not pristine condition from the factory and that one scratch hurts the resell value, or a japanese sword forum where collectors bitch that their ancient japanese sword worth thousands of dollars was used by owners over the centuries. I know there are knife and sword forums out there with collectors of modern day smiths who pay $500 for a shiny new "colt" knife that they wait a year for then put it on display or in the safe LOL. These jokers buy 10, 15, 30, 100 knives of modern day crafters. They must spend 10 years or more overall of waiting for these knives to be made and sent to them. They treat them like Colts.
Seriously, some collector hobbies go way overboard. I thought sports cards, comics, and action figures were ridiculous, but several years into other areas makes me appreciate when people were just happy to get their hands on somebody's rare rookie card, or find an action figure at retail. Here it's all 'well by golly look at what this fool did 100 years ago, he done rurnt this colt SAA didn't he know it'd be hugely collectable 100 years later????' We take for granted this day and age our law enforcement capabilities. The need for guns were real back in the day, and people did just about everything to and with them to gain an advantage or make a fortune. That's not to say there wasn't the occasional individual who was in love with his guns and treated them like they were made of gold. If it wasn't for the Bubba, we'd still be using stones and sticks. Hell, if it wasn't for the Bubba, there wouldn't be a 1st gen Colt SAA collector's hobby, I'd wager. You'd still be buying 'worthless' 1st gen SAAs in pawn stores for a hundred bucks for old west reenactments or movies. No average joe would care to own one outside of the occasional outlaw or sheriff gun with real history.
The 1st gen SAA is a testament to the need of life saving equipment, to even the playing field in a time when you couldn't just grab your phone from your pocket and dial 911 and the cops were there in under 5 minutes. It's why there is a market at all for those guns, otherwise all of them would be around today as old pieces of crap nobody wants. If not for Bubba you'd still be looking for the 52 mantle for your baseball card collection. You'd be some geezer on a old baseball card forum somewhere fussing at other geezers about how hard it is to find a decent condition Babe Ruth card and how you couldn't afford it if you ever found it. Some thanks is owed to Bubba, and I suggest we give it.