Welcome and very nice SAA
Hey everybody! I'm new to the Colt SAA world. In 2017 i purchased a 1901 4.75" Colt SAA in 38wcf. I traded an AK rifle and little under a $1k cash for it. Seemed like a good deal as I've always wanted a 1st gen. SAA. Serial #'s all matched, and she looked and felt good. Sold from a Hardware store in St. Louis Missouri back in June, 1901. I live in Chicago, so it seems the gun didn't go far! According to my letter from Colt, it originally had a blue finish. It appears it was refinished nickel a long time ago. Previous owner thinks the refinish was before 1950. Lots of holster wear on the barrel. What do you guys think?
As i wanted the gun to be a shooter, I lurked on these forums a bit and decided to send it to Dave Lanara for a healthy once-over. His tune-up was fantastic. He replaced some screws as needed, did some hammer and bolt repairs as needed, etc.. After the bolt and hammer was repaired, he discovered that my original cylinder was too far gone. It would have been difficult and cost prohibitive to tig weld it and to try and do the notch repairs. Luckily, Dave had a cylinder in 38wcf from a blued 2nd gen Colt that fit and worked perfectly with the repairs he had done. He nickel plated the cylinder to match my gun and beveled it so that it looks indistinguishable from a 1st gen cylinder. Its a first gen gun, so I want it to look that way! He sent me the original cylinder back of course so that i can keep all the history and original parts together. A+ service. The gun now locks up tighter than ever, and is safe and good to go. I also got some buffalo horn grips that I threw on there. I think it looks pretty sharp!
Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and that I look forward to learning more from all you guys about these amazing pieces of history!
These are photos from before I sent it off to Dave.
Last edited by CHIZ; 05-22-2019 at 07:11 PM.
Welcome and very nice SAA
Welcome to the forum. Beautiful gun.
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Hello and welcome to the Colt Forum from West Virginia. Glad you have joined us here. A very nice 1st Gen. you have there for sure.
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Nice gun you have and welcome!
Hi and welcome to the Colt Forum; You’ve got a good looking Colt SAA there !
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Welcome Chiz. While you’ve been lurking, you may have seen a recent thread about Simmons Harware, which was particularly interesting to me because, like yours, many SAA’s shipped to Simmons hardware. If you haven’t, go check it out. It’s got pics!
I have a 1st gen from 1903 that ship to Simmons. Yours may have made only a short trip from there but most don’t travel in a straight line by any means. Us regulars on the forum are familiar with Dave’s work, and he’s highly recommended from what I’ve seen. Nice gun and glad your first landed well. So many first buyer 1st gens are stories that you just want to take pity for the buyer because they don’t know what they don’t know, and it’s a hard pill to swallow to find out.
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Nice SAA. ,!!!