1959 Gen 2 5 1/2 44 Special - Need some help
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    1959 Gen 2 5 1/2 44 Special - Need some help

    New member here,but I have been trolling for a while. I recently came a crossed a Gen 2 SAA that appears to be in almost new shape, Which I find hard to believe. I am trying to figure out if its been re blued. I have a few Gen 3 SAA's, but I have purchased them all brand new. This would be my first Gen 2 and its a pretty cheap price, but doesn't have its box.

    How rare is the 44 Special? I read an article that states they are some what rare. I've pulled it a part and all serial #'s match.

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    I do not believe the grips are correct for that vintage, but the rest looks OK.
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    There were two types of lettering that were used on the 44 specials (as well as the 45's) in the second gen. If you can post a close-up of the lettering on the left side of the barrel and tell us the serial number range for the gun (35XXXSA), that will allow a determination as to whether or not the gun you are looking at is possibly original or if it is merely a second gen frame that has been outfitted with a new barrel and cylinder.
    I have found that many 357 mag and 38 special 2nd gens were converted to 44 specials and to 45 COLTS over the past 60 or so years.
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    IMG_0304.jpg Serial # 2625XSA

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    Tactical, That writing on the side of the barrel is correct for that serial number. However, the grips should not have the eagle on them. They are off of a later SAA. Correct grips should be available in the $150 to $200 range.

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    Does it look like its been re blued? How rare is the 44 Spec?

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    A couple of perhaps slight concerns to me. The case colours are a little unusual for that time period - a little darker with more purple tones; there is only the slightest wear on bolt notch lead in, but clearly with the somewhat buggered screw heads, someone's been into the gun a few time and you would expect more wear marks if someone has been working on the action; and of course, the incorrect grips/stocks. Something just seems a little off to me, but I wouldn't call it a re-finish without having it in hand.

    Did you check to see if there is a Colt pony stamped on the rear of the cylinder, and if the serial number or assembly number on the cylinder (I don't remember which was used at that time) match the gun? I suspect that it might not be an original 44 Special, but if the price is right it would still make a great shooter, and if you confirm with a Colt letter you might have a home run.

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    We kind of need a price as well.
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    A couple of other quick points; it seems to have a slightly higher polish blue than typical for an early 2nd gen, and it looks like the top of the backstrap ears don't fit flush with the back of the frame; I've never seen anything but almost perfect fit and finish on an early 2nd gen. Are you sure of the serial number puts it to 1959? And is there a hole in the back of the hammer?

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    Below (for comparison) is a photo of a SAA in 44 Special I know is all original.

    Bill



 
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