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My history with SAAs started with a 5 1/2" .45 in 1968 and a 4 3/4" .357 in 1970. I didn't get a 7 1/2" SAA until 1976 but that length is now my favorite probably because my eyes have aged. Anyway, I'm going to show some photos of my 7 1/2" SAAs (with a couple other types.) Probably because the very first 7 1/2 inch SAA I saw at age 19 was in the then named Custer Battlefield Museum that was what I wanted so no wonder these came into my possession. I gave the one at far left to a friend but still have the others. Second from left is USFA Custer Battlefield version and the two at right are PCs
 

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My thinking was that the 7.5 had to be clumsy and awkward- until I got one, they are great. EZ to hit with, long sight radius, point natural and carry well in a holster.

Favorite barrel length of Jim Martin and Paladin- ya can't go wrong..
 

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The first time Hank Williams Jr. invited me to his home he said, "I know from reading your articles you don't have one of these. So now you do." Then he handed me this 7 1/2 NF .45. I'm pretty sure I was speechless, which some of my friends say is impossible.
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Back in 2018 I realized that I'd owned nearly 100 Colt SAAs without any of them being true custom jobs. So I hunted until I found this 7 1/2 incher with BP frame made in '07 or '08. Shorter BP frame barrel lengths were easier to find but I stuck to my guns for a 7 1/2 inch one. Then I sent it to Peacemaker Specialists for their "1880's Package" and this beauty is what I got.
 

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I like the idea of the old .38-44 cartridge: between a standard .38 Special and .357 Magnum. Colt's 1936 catalog even said the SAA was rated for the round. With that thought in mind I added a Colt SAA .38 Special, 2nd Generation to my S&W .38-44 Outdoorsman. Of course it had to have the 7 1/2 inch barrel.
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.38-40 is one of my favorite SAA chamberings so when this 7 1/2" popped up on gunbroker.com I nabbed it. Then I had Lever Action Bill put one-piece type walnut grips on it to match its overall condition.
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My favorite barrel length. My first 7 1/2” Colt was a 38-40 purchased new in 1998. I found a dealer that had two of them, and a good friend convinced me to let him have one. I did, knowing I could always get another. I didn’t know just how hard that would be. I was told that the number of 7 1/2” guns in this caliber was part of a very limited run. Seems to have been true because I couldn’t find one anywhere. I ended up ordering a USFA and sent many thousands of rounds through those two revolvers in CAS matches. Finally found another new Colt 71/2” 38-40 in 2005. Have since added a 2nd Gen 45, 3rd Gen 44 Special, and an NRA Centennial 357, all 7.5 inchers.

Love all of my SAA’s but the long barrels just seem special. Once I tried my wife’s pair of
4 3/4” Cimarrons. I always shot “Gunfighter” with a gun in each hand. She watched and said “those short barrels don’t look right”. There’s just something cool about a long barreled gun blazing in each hand.

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My history with SAAs started with a 5 1/2" .45 in 1968 and a 4 3/4" .357 in 1970. I didn't get a 7 1/2" SAA until 1976 but that length is now my favorite probably because my eyes have aged. Anyway, I'm going to show some photos of my 7 1/2" SAAs (with a couple other types.) Probably because the very first 7 1/2 inch SAA I saw at age 19 was in the then named Custer Battlefield Museum that was what I wanted so no wonder these came into my possession. I gave the one at far left to a friend but still have the others. Second from left is USFA Custer Battlefield version and the two at right are PCs
I too like the 7-1/2" barrels. Where I was raised (near Mex border) it seemed that all 7-1/2" barrels got wacked! So finally in 1969 I acquired my first original Colt SAA in that length. Attached here is a more recent acquisition that went to an interesting location in 1927.
 

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That is a very interesting letter. Be interesting to know something about the guy. My .38-40 7 1/2” shown above went to a hardware store in SLC in 1926 in a shipment of one.
 

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I too like the 7-1/2" barrels. Where I was raised (near Mex border) it seemed that all 7-1/2" barrels got wacked! So finally in 1969 I acquired my first original Colt SAA in that length. Attached here is a more recent acquisition that went to an interesting location in 1927.
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.38-40 is one of my favorite SAA chamberings so when this 7 1/2" popped up on gunbroker.com I nabbed it. Then I had Lever Action Bill put one-piece type walnut grips on it to match its overall condition. View attachment 717037
That looks like a very nice 38-40 x 7-1/2" that you also say went to a SLC hardware. It maybe wasn't Browning Bros., but some other store there?
 

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That is a very interesting letter. Be interesting to know something about the guy. My .38-40 7 1/2” shown above went to a hardware store in SLC in 1926 in a shipment of one.
Every so often I run the old newspapers for J. S. Crowther(s) and some shooting event. So far there are no strong prospects.
 

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That 45 x 7-1/2 basically had no grips when it was acquired. After giving up in finding some orig hard rubbers that would fit, Paul Persinger made that pair of 2-piece plain walnuts.

For me, finding grips that fit the later production Colt SAA's is nearly impossible. Never quite large enough. Maybe just my own luck?
 

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View attachment 717035 Back in 2018 I realized that I'd owned nearly 100 Colt SAAs without any of them being true custom jobs. So I hunted until I found this 7 1/2 incher with BP frame made in '07 or '08. Shorter BP frame barrel lengths were easier to find but I stuck to my guns for a 7 1/2 inch one. Then I sent it to Peacemaker Specialists for their "1880's Package" and this beauty is what I got.
A beauty of a Colt SAA. I like that 1880's style holster rig too!
 

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I have the name of the Hardware store in the letter but it didn’t ring any bells for me. I’ll try to remember to look for it. That holster was from Stan Dolega in Laramie, WY.
 

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That 45 x 7-1/2 basically had no grips when it was acquired. After giving up in finding some orig hard rubbers that would fit, Paul Persinger made that pair of 2-piece plain walnuts.

For me, finding grips that fit the later production Colt SAA's is nearly impossible. Never quite large enough. Maybe just my own luck?
I noticed the two piece grips.
very nice.
I needed original rubber grips once.
I made tracings of each side and sent them to Don Furr.
He sent me some that fit remarkably well with some minor trimming
 
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