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these 3rd Generation serial numbers confuse me more and more. When I posted something in this thread Why no Rampant Horse on my 2007 SAA? How many black... I noticed that my 5,5" .45 Colt SAA with SA64184 has a strange S/N. According Don Wilkerson in his book on 3rd Generation SAA's it is from 1982, Colt's online Serial Number look up shows 1986 which makes mor sence to me since that gun has the 150th anniversary medallions. The archiv letter states shipping date February 1986 to Germany. I always thought that I can rely Don Wilkerson's data but with the S/Ns it seems that he was wrong. 馃槙
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I've cleaned up the list for you, and included some of the added info from other users.

Also, I've learned that the Colt Website only has the serial numbers for the SAA up to S59975A stored in their database, so that's why many searches may turn up nothing at all.

Has anyone come up with a more succinct range for 2013-2020?

Single Action Army - Third Generation
Year

Serial Number (start of the year)
197673201SA
197782200SA
197890500SA - 99999SA - SA01001
1979SA13000
1980SA30250
1981SA46900
1982SA58628
1982SA65256
1983SA66496
1984SA70500
1985Not Available - Factory Strike
1986SA70813
1987SA71464 - SA72269
SA90136 - SA94433
1988SA94434
1989Not Available (most from existing frames)
1990SA94673
1991SA96588
*9mm and Birdshead grip frame introduced.
*New Blue Box with White Shell introduced.
1992SA99879 - SA99999
"SAxxxxx changed to "SxxxxxA"
S02001A - S07005A
*Long Flute Cylinders introduced.
1993S07006A
*.38-40 introduced.
1994S10123A
*Screwless frame introduced.
1995S12560A
1996S15886A
1997S21569A
1996S26457A
1998S21569A
1999S26457A
*Cylinders with removable bushing re-introduced.
*FT00001 Colt Cowboy introduced.
2000S29100A
2001S31500A
2002S33400A
2003S34000A
*.38 special reintroduced (S34600A).
*2nd Gen. removable bushing re-introduced.
2004S34500A
*Late December Shipments of re-intrtoduced .32/20
2005S38000A
2006S41300A
2007S42900A & S53000A
(out of sequence due to two different vendors for frames)
2008S48100A & S57300A
(out of sequence continues)
*Etched Panel re-introduced on .44-40.
2009S48300A & S57300A
(out of sequence continues)
2010S49000A & S64000A
(out of sequence continues)
*Nickel Plated .44-40 etched panel introduced.
2011S48000A and S65000A
(out of sequence continues)
*175th Anniversary SAA produced in 3 barrel lengths
*NF20000 (New Frontier production resumes)
2012S66200A
(7 1/2" 175th Anniversary SAA's production concludes)
2013SN#'s from here down are approximate.
S67900A~
2014S69000A~
2015S71000A~
2016S72868A~
2017S74535A~
2018S75339A~
2019S75415A~
S86795A~
2020S88131A~
 
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