Seems like it is either feast or famine when I am looking for guns locally. I am always on the look out for SAA's but had not found anything I really wanted recently or was to slow in replying to ads. In the last two weeks I have found three that caught me eye and I was able to buy. Two were Colt third gens and the third a USFA in .44 special.
I noticed the styrofoam box for the nickel SAA has some brown staining. Will that effect the finish of the gun if I leave it in the box?
How is the action on that early 3rd gen nickel gun? I have the exact same gun but it needed a little smithing to smooth out a notchiness in the hammer. It is smooth as silk now though.
It came with wood grips exactly like yours but I changed them out for these ebony grips.
An Awesome Score Sir...
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I still haven't shot this gun yet and honestly, it looks like it was never shot or shot very little. Maybe in the coming weeks I'll take it to the range and see what it can do.
Mfg date was in 1979.
The blued Colt is 1978 and the nickel one is either 1978 or 1979. Have not looked up the USFA yet.
Nice score. I'm going to say that the brown on the inside of the boxes most likely would be old oil, but since we cannot be positive of it's exact nature, I would either put sheets of vapor paper between the gun and interior or a baggy.
I also bought Colt SAA's with the brown staining in the box and there was no rust on the Colt. Don't worry about it but DON'T store your Colt in the box. The Styrofoam can hold moisture.
You do not want to store your Colts (or any gun) in those boxes. I like the silicon impregnated soft cases or (best of all) a climate controlled safe.