I don't have a dog in this fight but it brings up something I've always considered about 1st gen SAAs. While I understand the romance and history associated with early 1st gen guns, it's production life occurred over a very long time period during which both the country and the gun underwent significant changes. The point being, not every 1st generation Colt SAA "left the factory in a stagecoach headed to some frontier outpost". As much as one might like to imagine the 1st gen in their possession has having hung on the hip of some cow puncher on a trail drive, without documentation the history of the individual gun is often speculation. Even back in frontier days the gun could have as easily spent its early life on the cobblestones of Boston as the dusty streets of Laredo.
I'm not saying anything that everybody doesn't already know. Just pointing out that there is an individual gun's documented history and also Colt's institutional history. I think sometimes we conflate the two. They are inseparately intertwined but they are not identical.