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I have a chance to buy a 1873 colt revolver 1st gen serial # 2300.. problem is when I look at colts data base for the number I cant find it. It really seems to be legit but who knows without authenticating. A little help would be appreciated to help me decide whether or not I feel it's real enough to purchase and move forward.
 

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Serial number 2300 is a legitimate number for a 1st Generation. However, there are other Colt revolvers which could also have that number.

FWIW, John Kopec's research shows of Colt SAA revolvers numbered between 1656 and 2332 (676 revolvers), 659 of them were for the military.
 

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Hello and welcome to the Colt Forum from West Virginia. Glad you have joined us all here. As others have stated, pictures will be of the utmost importance here for the experts to answer your question. Could the 1873 you are referring to be the first patent date on the frame? If so that is more than likely not the year of your SAA. Just a thought.
 

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Howdy from N Texas and welcome to the community. Most likely the OP means in the 230000 range. In 1873 there were only 200 revolvers made since 1874 serial numbers start at # 200. Note the 2 dots after 2300 the OP put there.
I need to add some important info here. Those 200 were not U.S. guns. Total manufactured in 1873 was closer to 3400. Some of those 1873 civilian guns were not shipped until 1875. My #1274 was among the latter. See link below

Early Civilian Colt SAA, 1873 Production, Not Shipped...
 
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