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Are these grips correct? Thanks!! I look forward to learning more on this great forum.




 

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Looks like it to me, just like every other feature on that fine old Colt, except the front sight filed down. Pretty impressive first post there, 78CJ.
 

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Nice gun. Welcome to the Colt Forum from TN.
 

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Nice 1st post....welcome to the forum!

Good old working gun! One way to see if the grips could be original would be to take the backstrap off and see if the triggerguard was ever drilled for a stock pin for 2 piece grips and to also remove the grips from the backstrap to see if the last 4 or 5 digits of the serial number are inked inside the channel of the grips.

What serial range is it? The 3 line patent dates on the frame suggests it's at least pre 129,000
 

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Nice 1st post....welcome to the forum!

Good old working gun! One way to see if the grips could be original would be to take the backstrap off and see if the triggerguard was ever drilled for a stock pin for 2 piece grips and to also remove the grips from the backstrap to see if the last 4 or 5 digits of the serial number are inked inside the channel of the grips.

What serial range is it? The 3 line patent dates on the frame suggests it's at least pre 129,000

I was afraid to take it apart because I have never had an SAA in my posession. The serial range on this one is 123,xxx. I normally don't x out number on a serial number but this one won't be mine until the owner and I agree on a value. The owner had been told that this had been owned by John Wayne. It is now part of an estate and it is a vague memory of someone telling the father that before he passed. I suspect the conversation centered around these types of guns being used in westerns. We agreed that I would send for a letter (which would not show it as being John Wayne's anyway) and if that was inconclusive then we would settle on a price based on it being a vanilla SAA. The price will be more than fair as I have bought from them before.

Thanks for the welcome, I spend time on plenty of other forums and have a few other Colts. I have been lurking here for some time but never felt I had anything to contribute. Glad you like the pics. I am ecstatic that this SAA is primarily un messed with because I really dig the history!
 

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You see a lot of wood grips on guns in the 122,xxx or 123,xxx range guns for some reason. The standard grip for this time period was the hard rubber 2 piece grips with the eagle on them. They are probably correct since they are in the range.

John Wayne? :)
 

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I know, don't get me wrong, I have no intention of "lowballing" and we will settle on a fair price but it is not anywhere near 20 or 30K
 

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I can see the factory letter now under the ship to information and special notes now.........

"Received in shipping room in 1887 and to be held until May of 1907 and then shipped express to the attention of Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa" :)

You get lucky every now and then, and see guns with 1 pc walnuts in this range shipped to a dealer in New Mexico Territory and then most of the time you see them shipped to Hartley and Graham in NYC.
 

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Yeah, I mentioned that it sure would have been hard for someone to pick out an individual SN and remember it as being owned by someone famous. As I mentioned, they are skeptical themselves but I assured them I would act with due diligence.

How long does it take to receive a letter? I sent payment out beginning of last week.
 

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I spend the $150 for instant phone information. Seems like I've heard forum members talking about 4 months plus to get a mailed in letter.
 

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I spend the $150 for instant phone information. Seems like I've heard forum members talking about 4 months plus to get a mailed in letter.
Crud, their site is confusing, I read that as it being an ADDITIONAL $150 for the phone info or I would have done that in a heartbeat. I wonder if I can call them and amend it?
 
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