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    Third generation

    I wonder why some forum members say to buy a 3d generation over a 1st generation. I contend that a 3d is just a clone , the same as a Uberti or Pietta. A 3d is assembled of outsourced parts. They have no historic value. The workmanship is of varying quality. They say they are shooters but you can get the same effect by shootings a Ruger Blackhawk. First and second SAA are made by Colt. The 1st have historic value. As a shooter they are a clumsy inaccurate pistol. A modern S&W is more accurate and a lot easier to load and eject. Holding The 1st generation you can wonder who had it in the 1870's and how it was used. 3d generations have no history. Third generations are over priced and of not much value historic or as a shooter.
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    Seeing that I am picking up my first real SAA, a 3rd gen nickel 357 mag in a couple hours, this thread saddens me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fordtough25 View Post
    Seeing that I am picking up my first real SAA, a 3rd gen nickel 357 mag in a couple hours, this thread saddens me.
    Congrats on your new SAA. I’m pretty darn confident that you’ll be happy with it and glad that you acquired it. They ain’t $1500 anymore, but I hope you got a good deal. Post the pics when you can !
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    I don't believe the 3rd Gen revolvers are any more outsourced than the rest of the line...the raw forgings all come from a vendor that specializes in such items. They're not made from Italian sourced parts as such misinformation has been spread. Colt does all the machining, finishing and assembling plus I believe Colt makes the barrels themselves. Many gunmakers buy their raw forgings and castings from outside vendors. I get the uneven quality at times but one can say that about other Colt products as well...they are different periods of time with different corporate owners...union strife...lazy management and other reasons why such quality control issues occur. S&W has definitely had the same issues over time...so has Charter Arms, Dan Wesson, Winchester, Marlin and others. That doesn't justify it but does explain it.

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    I agree. It’s too broad brushed to have one big bad conclusion of thirds imo.
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    I do not belittle you for your purchase, oblivious you wanted a Colt and you got it, but I just wonder why people buy 3d generations colts. The only reason I can think off people want the name. I would rather have a reblued 1st generation from the 1880's with all the faults but was around when firearms were a important part of the founding of the country. I still think that the 3d generation have as much in common to the original as a 1920 Chev roaster has to a corvette, they both have 2 seats, a baggage rack and wheels, and go down the road.

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    Sebastian21, I am in agreement with you. Many people probably buy 3rd gen SAA's because they see them rapidly escalating in value. The same phenomenon that was seen with Pythons when the Walking Dead TV show introduced many novices to that gun.

    Of course, for real shooters, the later 3rd gen SAA's exhibited exceptional quality, but that higher quality version seems to have 'slipped away' or devolved to an SAA of lesser quality.

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    Walk a gun show some day with your overbuffed, no CCH, reblued 1st gen and see what kind of interest you get. "But it was made in 1880" wont get you very far. I would rather pay more for a 1st gen that had no trace of finish left.

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    I have a very small herd of SAA's- to me they are shooters, I like the deadly. archaic feel of them and the old world suffer no fools design of them- when you pick a SAA up you know it was made for hard use over 100 years ago. I have Colts from all era's of production.

    I'm not very good with them but I keep one loaded sometimes in the hut to repel boarders and if I was in a free state I am goofy enough that I would carry one.

    All of the different generations are Colt SAA's, and in the 3rd gen- for sure there are wild variations of quality.

    When you pick up a Colt SAA you enter the past- a very different country. A Ruger won't do that for you just saying, and I am a big fan of the Ruger new Vaquero..

    They are rugged and well suited for field use, plinking, self defense, etc and no fire arm is as much fun- as a Colt SAA.

    The bad thing is Colts Management does not have a clue about the golden goose they are sitting on with the Colt SAA and have turned it into the equivalent of a Rolex watch or something pricing it out of range for the many thousands of people that still want them. It is one more idiot move- by the suits at Colt.

    Make me sad that it seems folks won be buying the venerable SAA for hard use and shooting enjoyment for much longer.

    Never got my paws on a good Italian SAA 4 Clicker yet- or a Standard arms version, but I am damn glad they are around

    YMMV
    Last edited by Ugly; 08-01-2019 at 03:23 PM.
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    Samuel himself did plenty of outsourcing during his reign , so I wouldn't be put off by that in the least ...


 
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