Originally Posted by Hydehunter
I hope that is actually true as it would be good for everyone I think. But I "heard" it on the Internet is meaningless.
Here is the link to the current Standard staff. But it's not the entire staff. I've been told there are a number of past Colt and USFA employees there.
Peter Rhodes was THE man behind what became the USFA SAA. Richard Stoddard came from years in the Colt Custom shop. Jason Rhodes is another past USFA employee.
No question the entire staff is squared away and the guns show it. I just hope that when someone writes the history of USFA they include the direct connection to Standard and how Standard got to where it is....or will be.... in the SAA world.
Last edited by Cozmo; 07-07-2019 at 08:53 PM.
I have my goal set on a Standard SAA and not a current Colt. Like most here I have spent a boatload of money on my Uberti's in many forms and levels of craftsmanship. I currently favor my pre-war U.S. finished Uberti that is stunning in it's CCH and function. However at one time I desired a Colt SAA but since I am unable to hold and select a current model in person and the current hammer finish is a put off, I moved on to Standard. Today I must focus on pairing down my least favored SAA's and apply the money towards a Standard in the future. I would like to get a Colt, but they are unable to produce them. BUT I can get a Standard SAA, and at anytime I'm ready they have called me and told directly that they will get me one when I'm ready for it. They have sent me their CCH 1911 Engraved model and it has me floored with their fit and function. Anyway, I find these opinions very interesting and the efforts of Standards workmanship welcome in todays SAA world.
Colt SAA and Colt 1st gen SAA,
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I wasn't talking about the name of these revolvers. I was thinking that if Colt licenced Standard to make them and use the name Colt, it could be stamped on the gun. Then you'd have the best of both worlds: a very well made SAA, and the "Colt" name on it. Like the 2nd Generation cap and ball revolvers, or the recent 1903 re-do. Both were made outside the company, but stamped "Colt".
If I understand it right, Colt was late to the game making the 2nd Generation SAA in the 1950s, after several competitors already were in the market like Great Western.
Then in the 70s Colt didn't want to make 2nd Generation cap and ball Colts, but had their arm twisted by Lou who finally got an off-site arrangement going.
Then in the 2000s another company thought the 1903 hammerless automatic would do well, but Colt didn't want to make them, so they gave their name to the company to make them.
For the past 2-3 years as Colt teeters in bankruptcy, they have had trouble producing the SAA in it's standard form. They've cancelled the black powder frame. They've radically shut down the Custom Shop, and now quote thousands of dollars and many months or years wait if you take the chance to order through it's remnant. Just saying....why not just let Standard be their "custom shop" for SAAs, and stamp them Colt?
Last edited by azshot; 07-08-2019 at 07:39 AM.
I think I'll just keep the three Colt SAA's I have and leave it at that.