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I posted this over on Sixgunner and then found this forum. Any feedback is appreciated.

I have an old Colt SAA that has been in my family for 50+ years. I was recently told, at the Big Town Gun Show in Dallas, it is the black powder era revolver in 44-40 caliber. It has the screw holding the cylinder pin. It is serial number 551XX (all matching). It appears, even the condition, to be almost exactly like the one on page 25 of Mr. Taffin's Big-Bore Handguns. However, I only hear 2 clicks when the hammer is cocked, the cylinder does not lock up tight, and the cylinder pin is clearly not original. Should I see about getting it repaired, or leave it alone?

I realized from the interest of people at the gun show, it had some value. I was offered from $1,000 to $2,500 from various people. I am embarrased to say, up until a few years ago, I thought is was just an old piece of junk, in the bottom of the drawer, and I have been a shooter my whole life.

Any information on value or anything related to this old revolver would be appreciated. It is not for sale because it has been in my family so long. I would just like to have an idea if the $2,500 is more or less than what it is worth, and any other advice. Thank you for any help.
 

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welcome to the forum, i get 1880 as d.o.m. not much else can be said without a photo. 1st gen saa even in near relic condition have collector value. having said that if incomplete or having the bbl. shortened ect. can bring it down quite quickly. how about a photo
 

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NEED PICTURES---I have bought recently 1ST gen SAA's from $450 to $2000----it all depends on many things. Next--- Don't get it repaired or restored. DO NOTHING TO IT ! GUN SHOWS ARE A TERRIBLE PLACE TO SELL !! If you want a realistic price range post a picture or get one of the members to post it for you.

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Welcome to the forum.
I would have it restored to at least working condition. Whether or not I ever shot it (BLACK POWDER ONLY) would depend on how sound overall it is. Sence it's been in the family for over 50 years I probably wouldn't.
You could contact Eddie Janis www.peacemakerspecialists.com
Eddie is very knowlegable about Colts.
Frank
 
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