Colt SAA Long Flute 4.75” .38 WCF - Let’s See Your SAA Long Flutes!
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    Colt SAA Long Flute 4.75” .38 WCF - Let’s See Your SAA Long Flutes!

    Before I developed an interest in the Pre-War N frame S&W revolvers about 5 years ago I had spent the previous 25 years dabbling in Colt Single Action Army revolvers. I had some nice ones from time to time but because of constant trading/selling I never really had much of a collection. Regardless, once I caught the S&W bug I divested myself of all remaining Colts. However, recently I found myself missing my favorite twirling iron a great deal and decided to acquire a nice 1st generation Colt SAA. I took advantage of the recent online summer sale (20% off during a short 3 hour window) at Collectors Firearms in Houston and bought an all original 1st generation SAA .38 WCF with a 4.75” barrel and equipped with a long flute Model 1878 D. A. Army cylinder in place of the standard SAA cylinder.

    Most of you probably know the history of the long flute SAA’s - in April of 1913 Colt began a 2+ year project of assembling SAA’s utilizing Model 1878 D. A. Army revolver cylinders. The Colt Model 1878 D. A. Army revolver was discontinued in 1905 and a number of excess cylinders were available in storage. With a couple of modifications Colt was able to use the cylinders to manufacture roughly 1400 SAA and Bisley revolvers. With a few exceptions the guns are all serial numbered between 330001 and 331479.

    The gun I bought and just received is one of those revolvers. It is the first long flute SAA I have ever owned. This special production run of long flute cylinder SAA’s was given the high polish blue finish similar to the earlier turn of the century guns. Colt has no shipping record of the gun, only a production book record that indicates it was manufactured on 12/26/1913 and sent to the shipping room on 1/6/2014, and that the revolver was furnished with a double action cylinder of long flute configuration. Collectors stated the bluing on the gun is 97% or 98% with excellent original case colors, an optimistic assessment in my opinion. Under a bright light you can see that the bluing has thinned on the left side of the barrel and on the cylinder from holster wear, and the frame has mostly turned brown with a splash of color here and there. However the gun is completely original and untouched, including the bore which was still dirty from the last time it was fired - possibly close to 100 years ago from the looks of it; not sure if I can shoot it clean. I was going to put a lighter main spring in it for shooting, but nearly all of the small screws and screw holes are completely unmarred and I don’t want to take a chance on scratching or marring them. So even though I have correct SAA screw drivers, I will just shoot the gun with the original main spring.

    Anyway, enough of the preliminaries.....below are a few pictures of the gun. Note the clean screw slots, impeccable grip fit, matching grip serial numbers, matching assembly numbers (586) on the loading gate and right rear frame flat, and tight ejector housing fit to the frame - all of those things you SAA lovers like to see. Hope you enjoy, and then let’s see your SAA Long Flutes!




















    Last edited by lestert45; 06-18-2019 at 01:58 PM.
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    Wow! That is a super nice example!
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    That’s a fine specimen you got there.

    You’ll have to forgive me.. the best I can do ain’t a purebred. ... but it’s a single action and factory rare also for what it is.








    ** photos courtesy of original owner, Reconciler. Good photo work. **
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    My Long Flute in 45 Colt saw a lot of usage before I obtained it. It came to me as a highly buffed gun that had been heavily nickel plated. I stripped the nickel with the Brownell's solution; tried to eliminate as much of the over buffing as I could and then put some finish on it.




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    Here is a pair of reproductions made by Colt around 2003. I would love to own a nice original one day.


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    [QUOTE=saintclair;3011731]My Long Flute in 45 Colt saw a lot of usage before I obtained it. It came to me as a highly buffed gun that had been heavily nickel plated. I stripped the nickel with the Brownell's solution; tried to eliminate as much of the over buffing as I could and then put some finish on it.



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    That's what mine looked like before i sent it to J.P. Lower

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    Some nice guns fellas. Thanks for posting them

    this one deserved a better photo.

    Last edited by Cozmo; 06-15-2019 at 11:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    Cloverleaf, Dave Lanara did a super nice restoration on your LF SAA. I suspect it cost quite a bit to get it in such perfect condition.
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