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    My Grandfather's Single Action Army from 1874

    My cousin is interested in learning what our grandfather's 1874 .45 SAA might be worth for insurance purposes. We don't know much about it except that it was made in 1874. Our grandfather died in the early seventies and it's been in storage pretty much since then. Any insight would be welcome. We aren't sure if this was the original configuration or if it's been refinished... however I'm guessing you guys will!

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    You need to tighten up the grip frame screws.
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    Well it's been re-finished w/new grips and maybe sent back to Colt (if a Colt). Later barrel (original bbl would have been a 7 1/2), stamped with Rampant Colt on frame which wouldn't have happened in '74. No patent dates. I have a 13xxx range US Ainsworth, but I don't see an 'A' on your triggergaurd, so either buffed off or a spurious 'US' stamp. My # on the BS is in one line as well. Your backstrap #'s look hand stamped. Is there an '&' on your triggergaurd? That would indicate being sent back to Colt for work. Is there an address on top of barrel? All in all, probably a $1500 gun if a Colt, but would bring a bit more at auction. PS: the rampant Colt looks a little hokey to me, but maybe the photo or my eyes. Case colors look Italian to me.
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    Definitely has been refinished and has had a new barrel installed. There are no patent dates which mean they were buffed off, I am guessing. The serial number stamped on the back-strap does not appear to be original.
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    Welcome to the forum! Neat old gun with a story.


    This: "Is there an '&' on your trigger guard? That would indicate being sent back to Colt for work. Is there an address on top of barrel?"

    I am thinking a factory refinish between 1896 and 1912 by Colt but I'd sure want to see the & and a letter from Colt. Obviously didn't get used since the refinish which makes me even more leery.
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    There's a star on the right rear trigger guard flat which could indicate a Colt rework. Though that doesn't fully explain the no patent dates while at the same time a prominent U.S. stamp, and slightly strange looking circled Colt logo.

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    The gun has more questions then answers. It may be worth more as parts. I agree with everything stated above.
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    Ok here are some more photos. I don't see anything on the trigger guard except the star that you see in the picture. There are also the numbers 148 (pictured) on the loading gate. I don't see any military inspection marks...

    https://flic.kr/p/2h4JVs8

    https://flic.kr/p/2h4JVDW

    https://flic.kr/p/2h4KHuj

    https://flic.kr/p/2h4JW5L
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    Here is from the top of the barrel, I missed this in earlier pictures

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    Thanks so much for all the insight so far, please keep it coming! On a different note, what do you guys recommend as far as cleaning products for this gun? I have a full assortment of modern gun cleaning products but I don't want to do anything stupid. Finally is there ammo available for this? I'm guessing it's .45 colt black powder? Once it is gone over by a qualified gun smith, ()given that it isn't worth "much") is it reasonable to shoot on some level?
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