Steve, NICE looking gun!!
Sorry but I do not have ANY listings of serial numbers beyond the mid 80's??
Can't you call Colt? I do have some of the 'box' outer wrapper for that model, but they are lower numbers and have NO clue when they "sold"................
This is a picture perfect example of a first issue Anaconda. It is exactly the way it left Colt and appears to be in excellent condition. A very nice First Issue Colt Anaconda. Good buy, congratulations.
The stocks are incorrect in my opinion. You are correct it should be sporting the "Goodyear" rubber. The finish being nicely polished and the wooden stocks are not validation of this being a Custom Shop gun. I can only guess what ktncolt was referring to when he called it "1st Issue."
To begin with this is not a "1st Edition" Anaconda. I believe the reference to 1st Issue means the models produced before the drilled and taped models came out (Model MM3060DT). So yes your Anaconda is one such (pre drilled and tapped) produced and is likely model MM3060 6" STS 44 Mag.
I concur because I bought an Andaconda in 1992, it came in a blue plastic box, and black grips. It supposedly was right at the time they were "hitting the streets". /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
Wasn't there some problem with the very first Anaconda's shipped from the factory? Did this have something to do with the drilling and tapping WS23 is referring to?
szuppo - That is one of the finest looking Anacondas I have ever seen. There was a special limited edition that came in an aluminum case that was bright polished stainless with walnut stocks. Looks just like yours. I wonder if you got the special edition without the luggage.
From my research the gun is a 1994 Model.Now as for the bright stainless and wooden stocks.They do not match production from that year.The gun looks just like the 1 of 1000 First Edition.The only problem is the serial number does not natch the 1 of 1000 run.I would call or email Cindy and colt and get it dated.If you do that please post it for us.
You are right in saying it is not a first edition.I just said it looked like a gun in that run.The serial number says it is not that run of guns.I guess I worded my statement wrong.I did not mean to imply it is a 1st Edition Gun.
Please look at this post. This is what I thought an early issue anaconda should be just like the post. Now that I look at the serialization I am confused. Any other thoughts. All in all this is a beautiful anaconda, and I have seen them before in this configuration just did not look at the serial number. Can you confirm the serial number. Nice piece.
Just to answer my own question, here's a clip from a John Taffin article on the Anaconda. Apparently there was some problem with the barrels during the first production runs and Colt stopped shipping them. I have no idea how many made it out of the factory before they haulted production.
"Even after the birth announcements were sent out to one and all, the new snake refused to arrive. And when it did, something was radically wrong. After thirty-five years, the Colt .44 Magnum arrived and it would not shoot. Remember those early articles and how some gunwriters tried to make it sound like everything was O.K. " So what if it doesn't shoot at least we have a .44 Magnum marked COLT." Even Colt knew they had real problems and they stopped shipping Anacondas . Talking to John Nassif of Colt in early 1991, I learned the problem was barrels. The .44 barrels just would not perform."
Although the seller misrepresents this as a 1st edition, he probably really means an early model. A simple mistake perhaps, as his S/N dates to 1991 which would make it an early model. Remember the Anaconda was released in 1990.
Again the wooden stocks (on both the subject gun and the ktncolt linked gun) are most likely add on's after the fact. They have been at various times up for sale from such places as Sportsman Guide, CDNN, Numrich, found all the time on e-bay, etc, etc. But according to all my catalogs (not a complete set) from the 90's, NOWHERE do they show those wooden stocks being offered on an Anaconda Model MM3060.
I own Anacondas from many of the years in the 90's (that's how I am able date other peoples Anacondas) and not a single one came from the factory with anything other than the Goodyear Radial TA's.
There is no doubt that the subject gun of this post is an outstanding example of a modern Colt. Anyone here would be proud to have such a gun in their collection. And just look at all the attention this post has received.