I thought it looked more like "WI" as in Wisconsin. I cannot find any obvious non-Colt evidence, but then again I'm an SAA neophyte.Look at pic #3 [on GB].The forward edge of the trigger guard frame partially covers a 5 letter word or abbreviation and then what appears to be "WA"as in Washington state. Maybe an import stamp or makers mark for the frame. The rest of it appears to be Colt parts from what you can see. Nick
Sure. Dash my self esteem. Crush my outlook on humanity. Just kick me to the curb and make believe nothing happened! My soul is now scarred never to be whole again.non-Colt evidence:
BP frame, but without patent dates.
Black grips kind of artfully adjusted to go on a grip assembly they don't actually fit to.
This was built by a shade tree gunsmith, from spare parts, mostly Italian. The goofy serials and roll marks are just a bit of an artistic flourish. They don't mean anything.
Is yours threaded for a 2nd or 3rd generation Colt barrel? Also, even if it is meant to fit Colt parts, does the frame seem subtly larger to you on the outside compared to a Colt? Is the top strap slightly beefier, for example?R3B frames were Colt-spec SAA frames made by United States Frame Service of Wisconsin after 2nd Gen production was halted. I used to have one - SN 115. John Taffin had one made into a gun and wrote it up in one of his articles in 1989. The idea was they would make frames and people would use Colt parts to finish them out. The gun in the auction might be a fine firearm, but it would depend on who put it together.
Here is mine: