You're going to pay 100.00 - 150.00 for a letter that simply says' " shipped to the commanding officer at....." Not worth the money IMO and I have lots of US cavs.I just bought a U.S. marked Colt Single Action Army. I was told it was made in 1880, from it's serial number but would like to make sure. I'm thinking of getting a factory letter. How much do they cost and how do I get one?
OFFICERS MODEL SPECIAL
POLICE POSITIVE .38
POLICE POSITIVE SPECIAL & DETECTIVE SPECIAL
1908 HAMMERLESS .25
NEW SERVICE & SHOOTING MASTER & 1917
1903 HAMMERLESS .32
MODEL 1911 MILITARY
"NEW ARMY & NAVY MODELS 1892,94,95,96,1901 & 03"
SINGLE ACTION ARMY & BISLEY REVOLVERS
1849 POCKET (.36 CALIBER)
If you call Colt with the s/n, they will usually tell you date of manufacture. For a US marked Colt, you might consider going to Kopec for authenticating originality. Colt cannot do this because all they have to go by is the s/n. Kopec will take parts off and tell you what you may or may not want to know. I found out from Kopec things that I didn't know about my US Colt and I was sure it was all original - disappointing but good to know so as not to fraud a fellow collector.I just bought a U.S. marked Colt Single Action Army. I was told it was made in 1880, from it's serial number but would like to make sure. I'm thinking of getting a factory letter. How much do they cost and how do I get one?
Not likely. some previous owner may have laid it in the channel in hopes of preserving the legibility of the number.Thanks Pointman,
How do I go about getting it authenticated by Kopec. I hate to trust the mail with it. How much does it cost?
I took it partially apart to check hidden numbers such as under ejector tube, under trigger housing, and on grips. They all seemed correct. Something curious I wanted to check with SAA experts though. When I took off the grips to look for S/N there was a strip of thin paper over rear groove where number is. I peeled it out and sure enough, matching number was slopily penned there. I carefully put the paper back in before reassembly. Would like to know if paper strip might have been put in at factory for some reason?
Yes, I requested a letter on SN 352388; and they said the records were lost. All they could tell me was that it was shipped on Jan 25, 1929. Colt has one shipping record book missing, and occasionally that happens.I guess I need to call them and ask them to look again? Has anyone ever had issues getting a letter? I have a couple Colt letters and a number of other letters and never had one sent back as unobtainable.