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I recently acquired this pair of single actions. The 71/2" bbl is marked Russell, Majors,and Waddell Pony Express Presentation Model on the left side of the bbl. and Colt .45 Peacemaker on the right. On the backstrap it says Fort Kearny to Julesburg. The Ser. # is PE-xxx-W. The gun is unturned

The 45/8" bbl is marked Colt Single Action Army .45 on the left with nothing on the right. The backstrap is marked Salt Lake City to Fort Laramie. The Ser # is PE-xxx-E. The gun shows evidence on the cylinder face of having been fired but is otherwise pristine.

The xxx's are the same on the two guns.

The NEAC website says the Pony Express commemmorative 71/2" bbl was produced in 1964. But it says nothing about a shorter bbl one. I'm wondering whether the 4 5/8" was made up on special order using a PE frame and a SAA bbl. Also the grip frame on the shorter one seems to be just a tad shorter than the other as the grips had to be bevelled a little bit on the bottom to fit it.

Any thoughts, verification of DOB, why the shorter bbl is not also marked the same as the longer on the left?

 

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Nice pair !

Sorry , I don't have an answer on the 4 3/4" . Probably going to take a factory letter .

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Hello, Cap
Mighty pretty revolvers! Could we assume they're both 1964 vintage, I wonder?
Don
 

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wilsons book does give dom as 1964 with 1004 produced.bbl lenght is not listed. you will most likely have to letter it to find out. nice guns /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
 

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Hello, Cap
Mighty pretty revolvers! Could we assume they're both 1964 vintage, I wonder?
Don

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Don
Whether the short bbl revolver was made at the same time as the PE Presentation model I don't know (but I will find out from Colt). It (the short bbl) is definitely second generation as it has a removable cyl. bushing. I had intended to use the pair for CAS shooting and spoke to Bob Munden about an action job. During the course of that conversation, it occurred to me that
a matched pair (bbl wise) would be preferable but nickell SAA's are hard to come by hereabouts and we can't bring them in from out of state. I recalled that I had seen a blue/CH 4 3/4" SAA in a local shop yesterday. Bob said he could have it nickeled at what I think is a very reasonable cost. Bottom line, I picked up the blue one today and the short nickel and the blue are going off to Bob. The unturned Presentation model is going into the safe /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
Cap
 
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