I own (2) 3rd Gen SAA Colts. One is a 44-40, 1980 vintage and the other is a 45lc /45 ACP, 1998 vintage - dual cylinder set-up. The older one is blue case hardened frame and is just OK but nothing special from a fit & finish standpoint. The newer one is spectacular deep mirror polished blue and the case hardening has lots of color etc. From what I normally see older guns tend to be better but this seems to be just the opposite. I am confused, was there changes going on with Colt over this time period or what? Any comments from you SAA guys would be appreciated.