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Sometimes it's bothersome to find the manufacture date of 3rd. Generation Single Action Army Colt's. I ran across this list on another site. I thought it might be helpful here so I jacked it!:cool:

3rd Generation Colt Dates of Manufacturing
Updated to 2012

Serial number at the beginning of the year.

1976 80000SA
1977 82000SA
1978 90500SA - 99999SA - SA01001
1979 SA13000
1980 SA30250
1981 SA46900
1982 SA58628
1983 SA65256
1984 SA66496
1985 SA70500
1986 Not Available - Factory Strike
1987 SA70813
1988 SA71464 - SA72269 SA90136 - SA94433
1989 SA94434
1990 Not Available Most from existing frames.
1991 SA94673 9mm and Birdshead grip frame introduced. New Blue Box with White Shell introduced.
1992 SA96588 Long Flute Cylinders introduced.
1993 SA99879 - SA99999 "SA changed to "SxxxxxA".
S02001A - S07005A .38-40 introduced.
1994 S07006A Screwless frame introduced.
1995 S10123A
1996 S12560A
1997 S15886A
1998 S21569A
1999 S26457A Cylinders with removable bushing re-introduced.
FT00001 Colt Cowboy introduced.
2000 S29100A
2001 S31500A
2002 S33400A
2003 S34000A .38 special reintroduced (S34600A). 2nd Gen. removable bushing re-introduced.
2004 S34500A Late December Shipments of re-intrtoduced .32/20
2005 S38000A
2006 S41300A
2007 S42900A & S53000A (out of sequence due to two different vendors for frames)
2008 S48100A & S57300A (out of sequence continues)Etched Panel re-introduced on .44-40.
2009 S48300A & S57300A
2010 S49000A & S64000A (out of sequence continues)Nickel Plated .44-40 etched panel introduced)
2011 S48000A and S65000A (out of sequence con't.) 175th Anniversary SAA produced in 3 barrel lengths)

NF20000 (New Frontier production resumes)
2012 S66200A (7 1/2" 175th Anniversary SAA's production concludes)
 

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I printed off a copy of this chart some time ago. Can someone explain why the removable cylinder bushing is listed as being re-introduced in 1999 and in 2003?
 

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Thanks Rick for the review info anyway. The forum is getting big enough that it’s good to review the tools and info that is available to us
I work for a company that’s like that. We often discover some internet tool and/or website, etc that was available to help make life a little easier that was there a long time before many knew about it. .. and somebody says” why didn’t somebody tell us” - it’s not hard to get lost in ourselves sometimes.
 

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Welcome to the forum Casecoltman.

No, not the end, still in production.

I have this additional data:
2014 S71600A to ?
2015 S74300A to ?
 

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I printed off a copy of this chart some time ago. Can someone explain why the removable cylinder bushing is listed as being re-introduced in 1999 and in 2003?
Yes, here's a corrected entry for 1999:

1999 - S26457A (& SA74000 to SA75999, these unused 2nd gen serial numbers were used with an SA prefix to build the SAA 125th Anniversary .45 Colt, 5 1/2" guns with removable cylinder bushings re-introduced. They were finished and case colored by Doug Turnbull, returned to Colt and shipped out.)

In 1999 Colt produced the "125th SAA Anniversary Edition" "Model P1850AE", 5 1/2" Bbl, 45 Colt Oven Blue/Color Case".

Only 2000 made in 1999 that have unused 2nd gen serial numbers from 74000 -75999. But the SA is a prefix, not a suffix like 2nd gens.

These are the first 3rd gens to have the removable cyl bushing which didn't become standard on all new 3rds until 2003.

The "125th SAA Anniversary Edition" "Model P1850AE", 5 1/2" Bbl, 45 Colt Oven Blue/Color Case":

It commemorates the 125th anniversary of the SAA model, 1873 to 1998.

Colt apparently left a large block of almost 8000 numbers unused in 1978 so there wouldn't be duplicate #s of 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] gens with 3rd gen guns. Perhaps sales weren't what they anticipated and stopped at 2000 units. Mine is SA74033.

Details:
Front sight is a tapered blade and the rear is a 'V' notch.
Grip medallions are oversize, 5/8" and read "125th Anniversary 1873-1998"

And have 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] gen barrel threads of 1x24, although originally advertised as having the 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] gen 1x20 tapered thread.

Sent to Turnbull in the white for finishing and special barrel rollmarking in the 1920's font, CCH hammer, black powder cyl chamfer, and barrel caliber marking of ‘45 COLT’, not 'Single Action Army 45'. Returned to Colt for selling thru their regular distributors.


 
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