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    Received Archive Letter On Old SAA

    A few weeks ago I posted pictures of a Colt SAA with SN 126389 that was in 32 caliber with a 4-3/4" barrel. I received the Colt Archive letter on it today. It is listed as a 32 Rifle Cartridge and was shipped to R. Stanhope in Paris, TX in August 1888.




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    Seems like Ive seen the Stanhope name before. What is a .32 rifle cartridge ? I cant think of one short enough to go in a SAA cylinder.
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    Very nice. Another Texas shipped SAA
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    32-20?
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    8-8-88. Play them numbers Terry!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hearsedriver View Post
    Seems like Ive seen the Stanhope name before. What is a .32 rifle cartridge ? I cant think of one short enough to go in a SAA cylinder.
    I have also seen that name before, but I can't remember the source. There were several Stanhope families in Virginia and I guess a few of them migrated to Texas. I Googled that name with Paris TX and did not get any hits. The .32 Rifle Cartridge is 32-20 (32 WCF), but it seemed odd that it was written that way in the Colt Archive letter. There were not many Colt SAA's manufactured in 32 WCF before this time period. The gun even has the very small 32 cal stamped on the trigger guard.

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    Beautiful old gun. New ones are good too, but nothing like the old ones.
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    The .32 W.C.F. came out in 1882 in the Winchester 1873 as such it was fairly new and Colt was not fond of putting others names on their product let alone in the log book.
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    I have a 38WCF SAA that was sent to R Stanhope, Paris TX in 1890. I've posted the picture here along with as much info. as I could find about Stanhope.
    He owned a gun shop in Paris TX, and a number of guns used in the Lincoln County War were purchased from him.
    Mine has a SN that falls into the time frame of the conflict, but cannot find any verification it was used.
    Nice find.


 
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