Im starting to like a 5 1/2" barrel
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    Im starting to like a 5 1/2" barrel

    I never cared much for them before but since getting one, I find that my eyes focus better on the front sight. I still like the balance of a 4 3/4" better but, the 5 1/2" is growing on me. I like the look of one too. Fortunately, they seem to be priced cheaper than other barrel lengths. I've been searching for an early 2nd gen in 45 Colt and it seems most 2nd gens were made with 5 1/2" barrels. Is that true or are there just more of them for sale?





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    You are correct. In 2nd Generation SAA .45 caliber production there were approximately 16387 Colt SAAs produced with the blued/CC finish and 5 1/2" inch barrels. There were approximately 10030 Colt 2nd Generation SAAs produced with the blued/CC finish and 7 1/2" barrels. Numbers from Wilkerson's Colt Single-Action Revolver Handbook 1955-1975 (1999).

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    I’m with ya on the 5 1/2” HD. I actually prefer the balance of it to the 4 3/4” guns and find it points very naturally for me. Still a sucker for the 7 1/2” for sheer shoot-ability but I find my 5 1/2” riding around in my truck or hanging on my side more often than any other barrel length.

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    yeah..nothing like shooting a 7 1/2" for sure but the 5 1/2" seems to be a happy medium. Thanks for those number Colt75!
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    5.5" is my preference but that is all I have shot in SAA
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    The first center fire handgun I shot was a Colt SAA 45Colt with 5-1/2" barrel. It's been my preferred length ever since. Nothing else balances exactly right. Mary likes the Uberti in 4-5/8" and now has 6. I can't remember ever shooting one with 7-1/2".
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    The first Colt revolver I ever bought, a Bisley model produced in 1909 and purchased in 1998, has a 5 1/2" barrel. I still have this one. What's there not to like about it (other than the filed front sight)?
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    I like the 5 1/2" SAAs as well. Here's my 2nd Generation first year of production...
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    You guys are killing me! Ive been agonizing over a 1970 5 1/2" 45 that is just gorgeous for sale locally but TGCA is coming up in less than 2 weeks and I hate to spend the money before that show. LEO918, your gun is exactly what Id like to find!
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    hearsedriver, the 4 3/4" has always been my favorite. Then I bought the Italian 5 1/2". I have played around with it enough to now like 5 1/2" almost as well. So naturally, I now want a 5 1/2" Colt too.
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