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    Worn grip panels tell alot.

    I was looking at this old 1905 Colt and thinking about how worn down the grips are. It must have been used a lot over the years. The checkering is gone in the places where your hand holds it and the Colt logo is certainly worn down on the left side where your thumb would rest. I'm thinking this one was a hard working SAA at some point in its history and then laid up to rust from neglect later. I'm still waiting on the Colt letter to see how it started out in history. Any week it should be out.

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    And to head off remarks...yes I did replace the bent ejector rod head with a Colt replacement part yet retained the original full round ejector rod. It also has new springs in the internals. It took me some time to find a Colt part, most current replacements are MIM cast, but I wanted a non MIM Colt part.
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    Gun looks to have been carried by an out of doors man in all kinds of weather. Muzzle wear from holster and abrasive dust, grip panels from chafing against clothing and rust induced from moisture retained by a holster and acids in the leather. It is a nice old working revolver but hardly abused, just worked hard.
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    Yours don't look that bad. I've got a at least one pair that is wore all smooth.
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    And to let all of you know what I paid for this, the LGS saw me coming and didn't even put it out on display to sell it. He held it under the cash register just waiting for me to walk in. He knew I was going to start throwing money like it was confeti. Sad to say I paid $1847 for it, and he even tossed a bag of magic beans with the deal. So as a caution to all, don't be me because you will always be broke and looking for the next bag of majic beans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SFC Rick View Post
    And to head off remarks...yes I did replace the bent ejector rod head with a Colt replacement part yet retained the original full round ejector rod.
    Do you mean the ejector rod head. If so, the original ejector rod head would not have been the full round bullseye.

    Worn grips can speak volumes! One of the first things I look at when evaluating a supposedly high condition SAA revolver. Without a plausible explanation, worn grips on an otherwise high condition gun strongly, strongly suggests a refinish.
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    That is a beautiful well worn piece of Colt history Sarge !!

    Congrats

    Now...gotta ask...Did You Plant The Magic Beans !?



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    Quote Originally Posted by SHOOTER13 View Post
    That is a beautiful well worn piece of Colt history Sarge !!

    Congrats

    Now...gotta ask...Did You Plant The Magic Beans !?



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    No the wife grabbed the beans out of my hand and threw them out the kitchen window?
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    If you've ever worked on a ranch, it is easy to understand how quickly some rubber grips could get this amount of wear. Such as while digging post holes, you get sand on your hands. Like a tired football player, you rest your dirty hands on hips and (in this case) the pistol grip. That is like sand paper.

    I have seen a few Colt SAA's with almost no checkering left, but the gun still has generous traces of blue left.

    But like you say, worn grip panels do tell us a story.
    Last edited by victorio1sw; 11-11-2019 at 03:50 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SFC Rick View Post
    No the wife grabbed the beans out of my hand and threw them out the kitchen window?
    Good grief, you're gonna need a bigger gun than that ol Colt!
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