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    New member needs SAA identification

    A friendly hello to everyone. Just joined this forum in the sincere hope of identifying a Colt SAA. It is nickle plated and all the plating is intact as new, not blemished or scratched or missing. It has a 7-1/2 inch barrel with the stamping of "COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45" on the left side of the barrel. It has black grips with no defects or wear spots and has an Eagle at the bottom below the grip screw and an oval with a prancing horse at the top. On the left side below the cylinder is stamped "PAT.SEPT.19, 1871" and below that is stamped "JULY2, JAN.19,75". There is also a larger "7" stamped to the right after the last line. There is a prancing horse to the right of the previous stampings and is just to the left of two screws The serial number stamped on the bottom of a notch in the frame below the front of the cylinder is 158815. Below the serial number notch is a screw. Above the serial number notch is a very small punch pin and above that pin is a screw that is spring loaded I think to remove the cylinder. There is NOT a cylinder drag mark between the cylinder notches. None of the exterior screws have any marks of any kind on them. There is no indication this revolver has ever been fired.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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    I suspect your serial number has a SA in there somewhere as a prefix, suffix or a split SxxxxxxA?
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    Welcome to the COLT Forum !!

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    We will need the full serial number and any box info to help you...

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    If the serial number is 158815 on the frame, backstrap and trigger guard, as the picture title states you have an 1894 Colt. The finish appears to be a renickle and the proper grips for that time frame should NOT have the eagle on them. I also wonder about the cylinder because it doesn't appear to have the proper beveling for a gun of that period and as you stated, the barrel has a much later marking for the caliber. The correct marking should be just '45 COLT'. The mid 1890s period you were just as likely to get either the cross pin frame or the black powder frame. I have 158716 which is a 44 WCF with a black powder frame. If the numbers DO NOT match between the frame, TG and BS then the gun has obviously been rebuilt. Some better pictures of the serial numbers and the other markings on the frame without so much glare would help. If the serial number on the frame is SAXXXXX or XXXXXXSA or SXXXXA then you have a 2nd or 3rd generation gun.

    Sorry for the delay in finishing this post, old age has caught up with me and I had to tend to 'other' responsibilities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cozmo View Post
    I suspect your serial number has a SA in there somewhere as a prefix, suffix or a split SxxxxxxA?
    I tend to agree with this. It has 3rd gen grips and the barrel markings and cylinder also lead me to believe it is a 3rd gen gun.

    Can you post pics of the SN on the bottom of the frame?
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    It is a 3rd gen gun by the look of it. I'd bet the serial number is from 1997 and closer to S158XXA

    Last edited by Cozmo; 09-16-2019 at 06:58 PM.
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    Hello and welcome to the Colt Forum from West Virginia. Glad you have joined us here. Hard to say from the pictures.









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    Welcome to the Colt Forum and to the SAA section!!
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