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On closer inspection of my new acquisition, I see that the screws beside the trigger guard and the screws on both sides of the hammer have been turned. Side screws are unharmed. I'm guessing someone messed with the trigger because it is a really light and smooth trigger on this baby. This is not a problem to me, but just mussin'.
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Will Colt send me a letter on something this new? 3rd gen built in 1978.
The guy I bought this from lives several states away and stated the gun was as new with less than 30 rounds fired. He didn't make any comment about taking it apart. I'm wondering if it was originally his or not.
 

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Yes for $100 colt archive will letter the gun and tell you to which ffl the gun was sold/shipped to.
the guy you bought from may or may not be the ffl.
( I think I am correct on this.)

save the money and buy new screws.
enjoy shooting the saa
 

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Just my opinion only, if it was said to have special provenance then I would spend the money for a letter. But I think being a newer Single Action Colt I'd save my money and buy the screws you need to replace. Nice gun by the way.
 
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Well, again - as usual - good advice is what I get here. Thanks for that. I didn't know the cost of the letter, and yeah that is a bit much for info that won't matter.
Can I order the screws from Colt? or is there an outlet that can send me original Colt screws?
Again, Thanks all.
 

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Well, again - as usual - good advice is what I get here. Thanks for that. I didn't know the cost of the letter, and yeah that is a bit much for info that won't matter.
Can I order the screws from Colt? or is there an outlet that can send me original Colt screws?
Again, Thanks all.
Peacemaker Specialists sell screw sets.
 
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Those screws could just as easily come that way from the factory at the time of manufacture - Colt's QC problems let far worse than that through.

Buy a complete set of screws from 'Peacemaker Specialists' - they have deeper screw slots and more consistent domes and beautiful color - so replace them all.

And buy the 'right' screwdriver to fit them, as well - Brownell's sells both.

Paying Colt for a factory letter for a piece from the regular production line, to track down the Jobber isn't good use of a C-note, because the quest ends right there.

The Jobber isn't likely to tell you what FFL purchased it, and no FFL will tell you which of his customers got it from him - not if he wants another customer, he won't.

Third Generation (and Second, for that matter) Single Action Army Colts aren't creatures of myth and wonder - they were built to be working guns.

They didn't 'do' much of anything of note, like their First Generation predecessors did - except for movies - they were in a 'lot' of movies - so lettering them would seem to be fruitless, unless one 'knows' it'll maybe trace to some obscure lawman from some obscure location, or an equally obscure hunter who gained note long after death, or even an actor, for that matter.

Any time one buys from someone he doesn't know, he relies on what he's told, and that being the case, the piece has 'only been fired 30-40-rounds' (those were fired by him - the 7, 562 'other' rounds were fired by his buddies), and the tales continue.

Just buy the piece and pay no attention to the story.

When you get the new screws (and screwdriver), install them, then dress off and true up the buggered screw heads of the damaged ones and polish them up with crocus cloth or buffer with Jeweler's Rouge and heat them cherry-red before dunking them into motor oil - you'll get your 'fire-blued' screws right there.

Then put 'em aside and buff up the others - everybody needs spares...
 

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Those screws could just as easily come that way from the factory at the time of manufacture - Colt's QC problems let far worse than that through.

Buy a complete set of screws from 'Peacemaker Specialists' - they have deeper screw slots and more consistent domes and beautiful color - so replace them all.

And buy the 'right' screwdriver to fit them, as well - Brownell's sells both.

Paying Colt for a factory letter for a piece from the regular production line, to track down the Jobber isn't good use of a C-note, because the quest ends right there.

The Jobber isn't likely to tell you what FFL purchased it, and no FFL will tell you which of his customers got it from him - not if he wants another customer, he won't.

Third Generation (and Second, for that matter) Single Action Army Colts aren't creatures of myth and wonder - they were built to be working guns.

They didn't 'do' much of anything of note, like their First Generation predecessors did - except for movies - they were in a 'lot' of movies - so lettering them would seem to be fruitless, unless one 'knows' it'll maybe trace to some obscure lawman from some obscure location, or an equally obscure hunter who gained note long after death, or even an actor, for that matter.

Any time one buys from someone he doesn't know, he relies on what he's told, and that being the case, the piece has 'only been fired 30-40-rounds' (those were fired by him - the 7, 562 'other' rounds were fired by his buddies), and the tales continue.

Just buy the piece and pay no attention to the story.

When you get the new screws (and screwdriver), install them, then dress off and true up the buggered screw heads of the damaged ones and polish them up with crocus cloth or buffer with Jeweler's Rouge and heat them cherry-red before dunking them into motor oil - you'll get your 'fire-blued' screws right there.

Then put 'em aside and buff up the others - everybody needs spares...
Yessir. Screwdriver ordered. The Grace were out of stock, but got the other set they did have.
I did search the Peacemaker Specialists site for the screws. They have them, but haven't found the 'set' for the 3rd gen yet, but it's there. An email to them will net me a part number to order so I will get the screws, mainly because I will eventually take the hammer off to buff out a blemish caused by one of the earlier owners that gave my seller a different story, but non the less, I have a magnificent shooter, that shoots like a dream and is a beautiful gun to behold as well.
It is a lot of fun to shoot this 45. I am a 1911 45acp junkie, and this is only my second Peacemaker type pistol. The first being a Uberti in Colt 45cal that I bought new hoping to quench my P1850 thirst, but it made it worse. The Uberti is a 4-3/4 bbl blue / color case hardened with walnut stocks and a great shooter as well. Since my Colt is currently breaking in a Mernickle holster, I can't post both together but will add pix of both tomorrow.
Thank you for taking the time to reply.
I'm really enjoying this forum.
Ron
 

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In spite of the boogered up screws, that is a nice lookin' Colt. Nice to hear it's a good shooter too.

My .357 SAA was made in 1979 and was delivered to Gibson's Discount Center on Highway 183 North in Austin sometime between then & 1981 when my brother bought it for $300 (the store was going out of business). So that letter info wouldn't be worth $100 to me either.

However, I'd like to get a set of those Grace screwdrivers myself. My Texas Commemorative SAA with a BP frame has a stuck cylinder screw, so I don't want to mess it up using an incorrect size tool.
 

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I didn't realize how hard it is to pick up detail takings pix of a pistol. :( Well, here they are finally.
4-3/4 Uberti in 45 Colt on the left and P1850 in 45 Colt on the right. This is 2 different pictures... tried to adjust the exposure but you get the jist of it.
 

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