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    The Colt SAA That Killed Wild Bill Hickock - True?

    According to this article from 1993 Jack McCall used a Colt SAA to kill Wild Bill Hickock in Deadwood in 1876, the same summer as the Custer massacre a few hundred miles west. The article states the serial number was 2079. But, when I look at the list of SAA used by famous folks found on this site I see those in that serial number range were being used by the US Army. I question how a pistol that should have been in a military armory at that time made its way into the hands of Jack McCall. According to what is on the list SAA 2099 was in NY. "This Cavalry revolver was assigned to the NY Militia. It was inspected by Orville W. Ainsworth, the first Principal Sub-Inspector assigned to Colt by the War Department." Is it plausible or probable that Jack McCall had SAA 2079? It seems that would make him a receiver of stolen federal property along with being a murderer.
    Are there definitive lists showing where this revolver was supposed to be?

    https://www.upi.com/Archives/1993/10...4086749620800/
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    I'd like to see the provenance and it better be good! The riverboat captain noted the serial number of McCalls SAA? IF this happened, suppose 2079 was observed on the cylinder? Not for nothing but why would an arm so connected to the American west be offered at auction in the UK?

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    +1 for..... “and it better be good”.

    And in this day and age, the trail of proof would have to be widely known and recognized to remain irrefutable.
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    The story about the guy being shot in the wrist is very suspicious, I doubt anyone being shot wants to know the serial number of the gun, but at least they did not say McCall used a Buntline.
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    I'm pretty sure I have a book around here somewhere that shows the SAA supposedly used by McCall and serial number. Whether it's the same as the one mentioned or not I don't know. I looked a little while this morning and can't locate it, but I'll keep looking.

    I just read that article and I'm more than a little skeptical. He has a Jesse James Navy? Zeralda sold bushel baskets full of "real" Jesse guns. The Winchester story is just as dubious to me.
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    In the dark recesses of my memory I seem to recall reading that Jack McCall used a Smith & Wesson Model 1 tip up in .22 caliber. But I have been known to be mistaken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Rego View Post
    In the dark recesses of my memory I seem to recall reading that Jack McCall used a Smith & Wesson Model 1 tip up in .22 caliber. But I have been known to be mistaken.
    But would a .22 penetrate his head and then into another guy's wrist? But a gun like that seems more likely to me. I think I've read the guy shot Hickok with a "Colt .45" but felt it was a term being used generically. Would a dipsheet loser like Jack McCall have a state of the art new fangled gun like a SAA? Soldiers could have sold their guns and said they lost them, I guess. It's been said Hickock switched to conversions towards the end but in Deadwood he apparently shot his percussion guns every morning then reloaded them.
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    Sounds like B.S. to me. Not even a picture of the guns in the article?
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    I think you would have better odds of buying Pancho Villa's Colt on the streets of Tijuana from some guy offering his sister along with it to sweeten deal. As Rick said...anything of any historical importance better have some super provenance to back it up.

    The actual gun used to kill Wild Bill is probably lost to history...either it no longer exists or it sits in someone's bedroom drawer and the owner has no idea of its history.
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    About the only irrefutable provenience would be a report filed by the law enforcement agency stating the serial number of the gun. An example would be, dead outlaw's recovered property included a colt pistol serial number 12345. Another form of provenience would be a will leaving a gun to another including it's serial number. Most other forms are subject to a bit speculation at the least.
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