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I want to have my 1st gen serviced properly, not restored, just an action job and a hammer rebuild and replace any worn or questionable parts with period correct pieces. Called Colt, they wont service first gens anymore. Then called Peacemaker specialists and they told me they dont work on 1st gens anymore either. So now Im wondering where to try next. Anyone have any insight to help me out, I would greatly appreciate it.
 

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I believe Bill doesn't really wish to rebuild hammers. That was what he said back when I needed one done. He said it was the least favorite thing to do with a Colt SAA. I had Jim Martin do mine. I made a friend along the way with Jim too.
 

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Jim Martin worked on one of my 1st Gen SAA's. He covers all the bases...knowledgeable, quick and excellent work. I would say the gun is better than when it left the factory.
The phone conversations are the best part!
 

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Thank you all for the suggestions. I will try to pm jim martin first. My hammer is not bad, just doesnt have the first notch.
Goes right to half cock, locks up tight but is slightly out of time( have to turn cyl less than 1/8 inch to line up ejector rod with chamber). Also gate is loose.
 

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Jim Martin here on the forum. He'll get everything sorted for you back to perfect working condition, as he has many dozens of the membership here. Send him a PM is how you get started.

https://www.coltforum.com/forums/members/5639.html
UPDATE: I spoke with Jim this morning,what a remarkable man, it was an awesome and enlightening conversation. Before I knew it we had been talking for two hours. I am sending him my SAA for service, and am very excited to have him work on it. Thank you for putting me together with him.
 

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Jim Martin worked on one of my 1st Gen SAA's. He covers all the bases...knowledgeable, quick and excellent work. I would say the gun is better than when it left the factory.
The phone conversations are the best part!
Yes, the phone call was amazing and I learned alot. I really appreciate you guys taking the time to help out 'newbies'
 

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Glad to hear that you spoke to him. I posted that I heard on "Lawman" they used his name. I had hoped he would comment on my post. Once he didn't I got a little concerned. I love talking to him on the phone. I learn something every time plus he keeps me laughing ..
 

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UPDATE: I spoke with Jim this morning,what a remarkable man, it was an awesome and enlightening conversation. Before I knew it we had been talking for two hours. I am sending him my SAA for service, and am very excited to have him work on it. Thank you for putting me together with him.
That's the Jim we're used too - two hours of learning, laughing and being thankful for gents like him. It's almost to the point I want to buy another worn out gun, just to start another conversation and then send it in to him.
 

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Glad to hear that you spoke to him. I posted that I heard on "Lawman" they used his name. I had hoped he would comment on my post. Once he didn't I got a little concerned. I love talking to him on the phone. I learn something every time plus he keeps me laughing ..
He sounded good, and I got the impression he really loves his work. Plus you gotta love a guy who answers his own phone
 

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UPDATE: I spoke with Jim this morning,what a remarkable man, it was an awesome and enlightening conversation. Before I knew it we had been talking for two hours. I am sending him my SAA for service, and am very excited to have him work on it. Thank you for putting me together with him.

That's the Jim we're used too - two hours of learning, laughing and being thankful for gents like him. It's almost to the point I want to buy another worn out gun, just to start another conversation and then send it in to him.
I really appreciated how honest he was with me, I am going to send him my brand new p1850 for an action job after I get my 1st gen back. Looking foward to talking with him some more.
 

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Glad to hear that you spoke to him. I posted that I heard on "Lawman" they used his name. I had hoped he would comment on my post. Once he didn't I got a little concerned. I love talking to him on the phone. I learn something every time plus he keeps me laughing ..
I apologize for not commenting,I've had a lot going on & haven't been on here as often as I usually am & then forgot the posting,I never worked a "Lawman" show but I did work a charity fund raiser for the indian tribal council w/John Russell in that same time period for about 3 hrs & then we had lunch together,his wife was w/him that day & the other people @ our table were Bob Cummings & his wife, Rodd Redwing,Jock Mahoney & Jay Silverheels.The only reason my name could have been used in the show would've been if Rodd or Charlie Aldridge had written the script,back then they did do some name dropping quite often.Later on Charlie wrote an old west novel that had a gunsmith that worked on mysterious gunfighters guns & used my name for the character.
 

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Jim brought back my 1890 SAA from a basket case, works like it is brand new. Top notch gunsmith, great guy to talk with.
You won't be disappointed.
I even had him stamp his initials into the grip frame, just so I could brag as to who did it.
 

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Jim brought back my 1890 SAA from a basket case, works like it is brand new. Top notch gunsmith, great guy to talk with.
You won't be disappointed.
I even had him stamp his initials into the grip frame, just so I could brag as to who did it.
You know thats a great idea. Im gonna ask him to " sign " mine too.
 

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I have an average Colt artillery US .45, I'm sure the action is not as smooth as it should be and I would like to send it to one of these experts to make it right. I will never shoot it, but I would still like the action [only] to be as correct as possible. I do have a Kopec letter on it and was wondering if anything was fixed or replaced to make the action right, how would this effect the Kopec letter and value of the gun now that it would not be the same as the gun when inspected by Mr. Kopec ? would it be worth it to have it fixed ? or just leave it alone and leave it like the Kopec letter say's it is ? I bought the Colt for $3000 a few years ago. any comments ? Thanks.
 
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