I am considering this gun, the only thing that disturbs me is that it has been in major dealer/collector possession for some time and has no factory letter with it.
Thought there may have been a letter if resold on the civilian market, or that the seller would have mentioned that none was available. But the circumstances of the sale of this gun were very unusual. I like that Cavalry you linked to. If it had the original ejector and tube I would be on it.How about buying this one instead so I don't have to
Antique Arms, Inc. - Colt 1873 SAA US Mk'd Revolver -Low SN#, Ainsworth Mk'd w/ Kopec Letter-
ADDED: The reason there is no factory letter is that there are no letters available from Colt for Martial SAAs below serial number (appoximately) 32000.
Thought there may have been a letter if resold on the civilian market
Haha, but it ain't Custer rangeThis is a historically significant gun with established provenance. In the configuration it was in in the early 1870s. Beautiful italic address, sharp serial numbers. sharp,crisp edges, perfect action, nice bore, nice ivories, professional front sight and muzzle crown. Looks like a Colt job to me. The gun is just like it was 140 years ago, nothing abused or fraudulent about it. Contrast this authentic gun to a gun with badly buffed markings, heavily buffed rounded edges, crude cut barrel and ugly welded front sight, improper and reproduction parts attached, and not functioning properly, all work probably done by Bubba in 1955. No comparison from a collector stand point. This seller is pretty proud of his stuff, but I would pay 3K for this gun.
This gun was in circulation as sold around 1874, it could have been bought and used by Custer, Earp. Hickok, Holliday, Masterson or any of the Frontier Notables and used in their adventurous exploits, it is certainly in that "range". No one knows for sure what gun Custer carried at the Little Big Horn. If we use the term "range" as "it could possibly be" then this gun is in the Custer range. It certainly fits his swag.Haha, but it ain't Custer range
I have seen many old Colts for sale by this same person (Collecting Texas) on Guns International. I wondered where he was coming up with so manythey work in conjunction together....and the fellow is rude.....just my experience with him....