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Well said. I hesitated to send mine to Kopec, what I learned about it was nothing short of amazing. Just do it, it's worth every penny.
A friend just told me about this most recent change with John Kopec. Go to the link below, and in particular, notice that his authentication service is "temporarily closed". John is in his 90's now. I know a bit more detail, but would rather not post it.

 

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if authentication is what you're after there are other people that can give you an honest appraisal, but make sure they're business is exclusively dedicated to the antique single actions and their history. Only a handful are qualified, and be aware that Kopec is not infallible, as several suites have resulted because of errors over the years. Homeowner's insured usually is willing to give you an insurance rider if you are worried about theft.

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I ship by FedEx all the time, when going to an FFL dealer. I have an account with FedEx. They do have insurance. It is not low-cost insurance like Registered mail, but it is about $1 per $100 of coverage.

My declared value is Sale Price. But the original point made is that Kopec may no longer return a gun by Registered Mail, fully insured.
Never ship Fed Ex, I shipped a Winchester rifle and supposedly insured it for 2000, they broke the stock in half and after sending different info three different times never received anything. They kept asking for different info, original receipt [ bought it 40 years ago, impossible] Never ship Fed ex.
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Never ship Fed Ex, I shipped a Winchester rifle and supposedly insured it for 2000, they broke the stock in half and after sending different info three different times never received anything. They kept asking for different info, original receipt [ bought it 40 years ago, impossible] Never ship Fed ex.
Regards Bill.
Never ship an antique firearm by other than insured registered mail. The USPS will handle it far more carefully too.

I also wouldn't give up on FedEx. Write a letter of Corporate Complaint to their head office, with a green return card. Most of their employees don't know their butts from a hole in the ground, and you cannot win an argument with them.
 

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if authentication is what you're after there are other people that can give you an honest appraisal, but make sure they're business is exclusively dedicated to the antique single actions and their history. Only a handful are qualified, and be aware that Kopec is not infallible, as several suites have resulted because of errors over the years. Homeowner's insured usually is willing to give you an insurance rider if you are worried about theft.

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I agree with jplower, that there are others qualified to evaluate a U.S. Colt SAA. If I see a good one at a reasonable price, I will inspect and buy it. Kopec will likely never see it, with his situation the way it is now. I think the main thing that Kopec has over some others is his "library" of known SN's with known connections to a particular regiment. But of course, if it is a SAA from 1874 production, and it was reported in 1886 by such as the 5th Cavalry -- how good is that info? Worse yet are "close" serial numbers to one known to have been in a certain regiment.
 

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Update: Mr Kopec continues to recover from his fall and is now working through a backlog of approximately 20 Artillery and/or Cavalry Model revolvers since presented to him for his expert analysis; once this backlog is completed, Mr Kopec intends to reopen the evaluation part of his business. Nonetheless, during his rehabilitation, Mr Kopec reviewed many threads on this very forum. In this, or another thread, the claim was made by one or more individuals that there had been several lawsuits over the years relative to Mr Kopec's reported findings. To set the record straight, there have been ZERO lawsuits over the years relative to Mr Kopec's expert analyses, so this claim remains invalid at this time.
 

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Update: Mr Kopec continues to recover from his fall and is now working through a backlog of approximately 20 Artillery and/or Cavalry Model revolvers since presented to him for his expert analysis; once this backlog is completed, Mr Kopec intends to reopen the evaluation part of his business. Nonetheless, during his rehabilitation, Mr Kopec reviewed many threads on this very forum. In this, or another thread, the claim was made by one or more individuals that there had been several lawsuits over the years relative to Mr Kopec's reported findings. To set the record straight, there have been ZERO lawsuits over the years relative to Mr Kopec's expert analyses, so this claim remains invalid at this time.
To clarify, and this goes back over 25 years, suits were threatened. My source left out details that indicated Mr. Kopec made good on some errors. We all make them. I stand corrected in this area. Without Mr. Kopec, the greater part of Colt collecting would never have been known.

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Does Mr. Kopec have a protege? Someone young who he trusts and will pass down his Library of information and inspection skills?
 

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Mr Kopec is a business man. I suspect that a substantial sum of money may be required to acquire his research.
Rumor has it that Dave Lanara May be the guy.
 

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I agree with jplower, that there are others qualified to evaluate a U.S. Colt SAA. If I see a good one at a reasonable price, I will inspect and buy it. Kopec will likely never see it, with his situation the way it is now. I think the main thing that Kopec has over some others is his "library" of known SN's with known connections to a particular regiment. But of course, if it is a SAA from 1874 production, and it was reported in 1886 by such as the 5th Cavalry -- how good is that info? Worse yet are "close" serial numbers to one known to have been in a certain regiment.
How good is the info? You may be referring to my SAA Artillery that I posted about In a thread weagle99 started titled “What is the crown jewel of your collection”. Made in 1874, authenticated by Kopec but the provenance to Troop C, 5th Cavalry in 1886 was from the Springfield Research Service with copies of the original documentation from the National Archives. Those original documents are from the Board of Survey at Fort Riley, Kansas in 1886 and reference the gun by serial number. Just to clarify, Kopec didn’t make any reference to its provenance in his letter, only in the Kopec/Fenn book, again by exact serial number.
 

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Mr Kopec is a business man. I suspect that a substantial sum of money may be required to acquire his research.
Rumor has it that Dave Lanara May be the guy.
You could ask him directly. He is jplower and is actively commenting on this thread. Mr. Lanara, is this true?
 
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