That is a correct assumption Rick.. All the redone by factory SA's I've seen, having the extra 2 or 3 digit refinish number on them, had the new patent dates or barrel address (on old barrels). I think the owner of this gun should look for those numbers under the grips, on the barrel, on the inside of the tube and back of the cylinder. No number, no factory refinish. BTW, Tommy Hass was working on Colts in the early 1950's. He sponsored a Mexican engraver, got him up into the states and had him make all his dies. He was the premier Colt rebuilder/builder/faker for over fifty years. He built, from scratch, Colt Walkers, Dragoons, Thur Conversions and "Custer range" SAA's for the fledgling collector market at a time when only those versions were bringing any good money. There are subtle ways to tell his works, but after 70 years of "aging", it's very hard to tell. The auctions have had many of these "originals" in their offerings.
The 2 screws at the top of the backstrap and the one screw at the bottom of the grip will let the backstrap come free from the gun. The grip can then be removed from the backstrap or the front strap if it is stick there.
This all started with one gun!
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Again, thanks everyone for all the info, keep your thoughts and ideas coming!
Later I realized that what you gave as a gate number was the assembly #. Look at the thin part of the gate (with it in open position) for another number.
As for screw drivers, I could write a page on the conditions that a gunsmith's screw driver should meet to be safe for use. On your gun the BS and TG screws are loose, so it won't require much torque to remove them. High torque with a crummy common screw driver is what wrecks all gun screws. Only a hollow ground screw driver can avoid damage to screw slots. But a common wedge-type screwdriver applies force only to the upper edge of the screw slots, leaving screws damaged.
I knew there was a special type of screwdriver I needed... and I have a hollow ground somewhere but my wife disappeared it. So... I just order a set which will arrive Wednesday and I'll get the grips off CAREFULLY at that point.
and if they don't come off easily I'll let them be
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