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3rd Generation Colt Dates of Manufacturing Updated to 2012

First of year serial Numbers

1976 80000SA
1977
82000SA
1978
90500SA - 99999SA - SA01001
1979 SA13000
1980 SA30250
1981 SA46900
1982 SA58628
1983 SA65256
1984 SA66496
1985 SA70500
1986 Not Available - Factory Strike
1987 SA70813
1988 SA71464 - SA72269 SA90136 - SA94433
1989 SA94434
1990 Not Available Most from existing frames.
1991 SA94673 9mm and Birdshead grip frame introduced. New Blue Box with White Shell introduced.
1992 SA96588 Long Flute Cylinders introduced.
1993 SA99879 - SA99999 "SA changed to "SxxxxxA".
S02001A - S07005A .38-40 introduced.
1994 S07006A Screwless frame introduced.
1995 S10123A
1996 S12560A
1997 S15886A
1998 S21569A
1999 S26457A Cylinders with removable bushing re-introduced.
FT00001 Colt Cowboy introduced.
2000 S29100A
2001 S31500A
2002 S33400A
2003 S34000A .38 special reintroduced (S34600A). 2nd Gen. removable bushing re-introduced.
2004 S34500A Late December Shipments of re-intrtoduced .32/20
2005 S38000A
2006 S41300A
2007 S42900A & S53000A (out of sequence due to two different vendors for frames)
2008 S48100A & S57300A (out of sequence continues)Etched Panel re-introduced on .44-40.
2009 S48300A & S57300A
2010 S49000A & S64000A (out of sequence continues)Nickel Plated .44-40 etched panel introduced)
2011 S48000A and S65000A (out of sequence con't.) 175th Anniversary SAA produced in 3 barrel lengths)

NF20000 (New Frontier production resumes)
2012 S66200A (7 1/2" 175th Anniversary SAA's production concludes)

The numbers for 2010 and 2011 are the way they are on Wilkerson's paper, not an error on my part.

(Not responsible for any typos or Misinformation that was reported incorrectly.)
 

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Good info, Kid. Thanks
 

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A study of the serial numbers illustrates that production has been drastically curtailed in the last few years. Looks like no more than 2000- 3000 for two years. Wow! No wonder you don't see them in stores.
 

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So Kid...do you know when Colt stopped shipping the SAA's in blue hard plastic cases and switched to the blue card board box with white outer sleeve? Can you add this to your time line?
 

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"1999 S26457A Cylinders with removable bushing re-introduced."
"2003 S34000A .38 special reintroduced (S34600A). 2nd Gen. removable bushing re-introduced."

:confused:So....which is it???:confused:
 

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Thank you for the post. It cleared up a couple of family mysteries related to Single Action Army pistols I received when my dad passed. Also the date of manufacture of the ones I bought. Once again thank you.
 

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So Kid...do you know when Colt stopped shipping the SAA's in blue hard plastic cases and switched to the blue card board box with white outer sleeve? Can you add this to your time line?
They never Stopped....Blue Boxes with white Sleeves are considered "Custom Shop or Special run Customer Orders" Blue Plastic cases are Standard production guns.

"1999 S26457A Cylinders with removable bushing re-introduced."
"2003 S34000A .38 special reintroduced (S34600A). 2nd Gen. removable bushing re-introduced."

:confused:So....which is it???:confused:
Both May be correct , Information complied from as noted at end of Original Post. Special Run Guns could have been done on Special Order vs. Standard production run.

I'm going away now, it's passed coffee thirty...:rolleyes:

PS...Don't get hung up on the EXACT dates and Numbers..It's a Guide Line, reference and we all know nothing in the Firearm World is Absolute. Changes have and will occur again. ALSO...These are not Shipping Dates. Some Firearms could have sat at the factory for extended period of time before being shipped.
 
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