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Just wanting to purchase a Colt SAA but am torn in a used 99%+ one or a new one. My local gun shop has 2 new ones. One in 4 3/4” and one in 5 1/2”. They are gorgeous. But I’ve seen some Lumberjack2 (Tom) has on gunbroker in the past and they look great too. Is there a less quality factor of the new Colts vs. the old ones? I’m not entirely sure of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generations. I know I have some research to do but kind of want to be pointed in the right direction on new vs old. Thanks in advance and hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.
 

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Pointing --> read this section of the forum for 8-12 hours. When done, come back and ask any specific questions. Like you said. In general and in like new condition, 3rd Gen are good quality from the 2000s on. All 1st and 2nd are good quality. The early two generations have more potential to retain their value than the 3rd.
 

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I guess my question would be - What do you want it for? If its to be an investment gun, then a 1st or 2nd gen. Would be my choice. If you want a gun to shoot and use then I would go for a 3rd gen or a 2nd. I don't go for the 1st because I'm in over my head right off the bat. Good luck with what ever you choose.
 

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The first question I usually ask someone who wants to buy any gun is “what’s the most $ you want to spend”? Especially when looking for a SAA.
 

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Your question has so many answers it could fill an entire forum. Some have already been touched on. The best advice I can give you is first to determine what your heart wants as far as the gun goes. Do you plan on keeping it forever? A smart deal will enable you to trade up with far less pain. Are you a frequent shooter? If so rule out an early first for your first gun. A late first may give you the most bang for your buck and hold it's value the best. You can get a decent condition late first for close to you upper limit. Seconds are a good bet as well. I am not a fan of late guns as they just don't appeal to me personally. As far as getting an honest gun unless you have a very experienced person helping you a good first or second may be a bit much for you to evaluate. Even the experts disagree on these all the time. Back to your heart now. Find a gun you like, sleep on it and see if it still seems to be what you want the next day or week and then if the price seems fair go for it. In your price range getting burned is not as much of a risk because just about any decent SAA is worth 1500 to 2000. Stay away from parts guns and modified guns. they will never increase in value and are much harder to sell for a fair price.
 

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If it were me, I would be looking at early 2nd gens (1955-1958 range). They have many 1st gen characteristics that I like including; a fixed firing pin, outstanding fit and finish, 1st gen style grips and some very early ones will have 1st gen parts. In your price range, you can pretty much have your pick of 5 1/2 or 7 1/2 barreled .38 Special or .45 Colt early 2nd guns without the box. If you want a 4 3/4 barrel or with an original box, that's different conversation. I purchased this 5 1/2 .44 Special last year at the lower end of your price range.
 

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I have been doing lots and lots of reading on SAA over Thanksgiving break. I’ve watched a lot of videos as well. When I’m interested in something I dive right in! Obsessed you could call it. Did the same thing when I bought my first 1978 Python back in April. Anyways, I’ve been honing in looking at the fit of the hammer gap, as well as the back strap ears ect. when just looking at some of the guns for sale. Thanks to some reading from Cozmo’s post. If I’m going to buy a SAA I want one that not only looks great with case colors but one that is fitted well. I think I want an older 2nd gen. The one at my gun shop I mentioned earlier which is brand new 3rd gen has the top of the hammer above the frame of the gun. The gap is kinda big between the hammer and frame. So I’m going to take my time looking to buy the perfect one for myself. I don’t think I need a box and paperwork. I’m fine with buying a nice gun without it. I went through the same song and dance with my Python. Although I don’t know if the SAA boxes are faked as much as the Pythons ones are. One more thing, who is reputable on gunbroker for selling the SAA? I know Lumberjack2 is one. Any others? I will also look on this forum as well. Thanks
 

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The one at my gun shop I mentioned earlier which is brand new 3rd gen has the top of the hammer above the frame of the gun. The gap is kinda big between the hammer and frame."

I am not making a recommendation but make sure it's not just on 1/4 cock, aka the safety notch. Sometimes when a hammer or trigger looks weird it's because it's on 1/4 cock.
 
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