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    Factory refinish questions

    Over the weekend I looked at a 1st Gen SAA in nickel with pearls. All markings and parts looked correct and good. Finish was flaking somewhat, but overall was a solid gun 4 3/4 45. The rub however was it shipped to Shapliegh in 1902 (1912) as a blue gun. The guy stated it was dated under the grips as to when it had went back for a factory refinish and he believed the pearls may have been added then. I wasnt really a player so I did not have him take the grips off to look at the markings. Did Colt date returns? I know S&W does (or did). Would there be a mark as to the finish. I have heard of Colt using an "&" for a refinish, but not a date.

    Anyone have an example?
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    Here’s some really nice responses to such within this thread.
    https://www.coltforum.com/forums/sin...ml#post2990727

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    Some of the time you see a star on the rear right triggerbow flat and other times you don't see anything there but nearly every removeable part on the gun will be numbered with the same number containing B or N (blue or nickel). These are called bin numbers and they were stamped on the parts to make sure all the originally factory fitted parts got back together in the same gun. Usually the underside of the barrel under the housing, the housing, the front of the cylinder, the bottom of the frame, the straps, sometimes hammer and usually inside the crook near the pin of the loading gate will be numbered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coltsixguns View Post
    Some of the time you see a star on the rear right triggerbow flat and other times you don't see anything there but nearly every removeable part on the gun will be numbered with the same number containing B or N (blue or nickel). These are called bin numbers and they were stamped on the parts to make sure all the originally factory fitted parts got back together in the same gun. Usually the underside of the barrel under the housing, the housing, the front of the cylinder, the bottom of the frame, the straps, sometimes hammer and usually inside the crook near the pin of the loading gate will be numbered.
    No date though?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29aholic View Post
    No date though?
    I've never seen numbers that correlate with a date.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29aholic View Post
    No date though?
    I have not seen or heard of any with a date


 

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