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    Is any particular barrel length more desirable with these. I've never seen a 7 1/2" Cowboy, mostly the 5 1/2" examples. Does the barrel length affect the value at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by what would you say View Post
    As witnessed by the testimony in the previous post, there is a collector niche for the Colt Cowboy model. I have a few that added a few years back for the possible collector potential. I knew something was on the move recently. I stumbled across a Colt Cowboy in a gunbroker auction that was in strictly shooter condition. Many finish blemishes, and the bid prices was already over $1K with much time remaining to bid. That used to be the top shelf price for a NIB example just a few years ago. Prices may level off for a while, but I also think because of its limited production, it’s well secured to remain a Colt collector and will continue to slide upward in price. Commemoratives and/or the more artificial limited production runs of may only see spotty interest, but the Cowboy fits the bill as other regular production guns have ... the Viper, SF-VI, magnum carry, etc .. all production guns that really didn’t perform in the market at the time, but have that exact standard model low production criteria that us Colt collectors get the Colt collector bug to seek one for ourselves.

    In Ben's posting (above) he mentions the Colt Viper. I see these selling for about $2000 when NIB. To me that is a crazy price for a that model, but due to very limited production (just like with Colt Cowboy), Colt collectors keep running the price up on them. In collecting Colts,
    always place bets on low production items.

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    What about replacement parts? I almost bought a Colt Cowboy a year or two ago but then decided against it as I was told that I would never find a replacement bolt or hand etc. I guess I was looking at them just before the prices jumped up. I wanted one as a shooter. Of course I missed the boat as usual. They should call me "A dollar short or a day late Dave"..

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    What were the biggest differences between a SAA & a Colt cowboy? I've never personally handled one, but understood it was Colts idea to compete with the Ruger shooter market.. was there internal differences vs a saa, spring changes, upgrades, etc??

    Wouldn't mind reading it straight from the board here. Some of yous are pretty well versed in these things, and probably have better answers than other forums could come up with on the subject. Specifics about the Colt cowboy model has always intrigued me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rooster721 View Post
    What were the biggest differences between a SAA & a Colt cowboy? I've never personally handled one, but understood it was Colts idea to compete with the Ruger shooter market.. was there internal differences vs a saa, spring changes, upgrades, etc??

    Wouldn't mind reading it straight from the board here. Some of yous are pretty well versed in these things, and probably have better answers than other forums could come up with on the subject. Specifics about the Colt cowboy model has always intrigued me.
    Presence of a transfer bar is a major difference, the finish was plain jane.
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    Here’s a little something that Dfaris wrote up some years ago. The Cowboy model has been the topic of discussion many times, and thusly makes it hard to find the hard facts within the pages of posts....

    Hers some good stuff.

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    The Colt Cowboy was an attempt by Colt to offer a lower cost single action revolver to people wanting a single action, but wouldn't spend the money for the high end and expensive semi-custom Single Action Army.
    The Single Action Army was and is a Custom Shop model, the Cowboy was a standard production model.

    It was a modern transfer bar safety-ignition type action. It was introduced in 1999, and discontinued in 2003.
    Barrel lengths were 4 3/4" and 5 1/2".
    Finish was blue with color case hardened frame.
    Caliber was .45 Colt.
    Grips were black composition similar to early SAA's from the 1870's.

    There was a limited run of 1,000 guns with a bowie knife and a silver medallion, in a fitted case.

    Originally, major parts were going to be made for Colt in the Czech Republic, but that was changed to Canada.
    The guns were assembled and finished at Colt.

    The gun was apparently not a success against the Ruger and various Uberti single actions.
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    If I'm not mistaken, the Cowboy has chemical case hardened coloring rather than true color case hardening from the forging process.
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    I have a couple of Colt Cowboys and that is correct.. the frame is chemically case colored.
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    Like the Italian clones
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnidelyWhiplash View Post
    If I'm not mistaken, the Cowboy has chemical case hardened coloring rather than true color case hardening from the forging process.
    That's my understanding as well. The photos I posted here in the thread are a bit dark but it's very easy to tell the difference between the coloring on a Cowboy and an SAA. Some nice blue colors, but I consider it splotchy.
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