Agreed, and this might push this one into the stratosphere.Say what you want but this is the defining factor as to what this gun will sell for.
"this is perhaps the finest Cavalry Model with regards to condition in existence"
Agree with all said, and why so much wear on the cylinder notches and it's ring? While this may be the best example in existence I do not think it should be called 99% or just as it left the Colt factory.The more I look at this gun the more impressed I am. Forgive me for being incredulous, but I’m a firm believer in the age old adage “If it seems to good to be true, it usually is”. That said, I can’t find one dang thing to suggest this gun is anything other that what the auction house claims it is...a miraculously preserved example of a Calvary issued Model P. Obviously, Kopec’s letter further solidifies this claim. Did it fall out of the bleeding hands of a 7th Calv. soldier at LBH, no. But for the collector that’s seeking the most pristine example of the Colt craftsmanship that typified this era, this thing is ultimate grab. All that said, a couple of notes I’d like for our resident experts to weigh in on:
1.) Frame to grip frame fit: the frame of this gun doesn’t quite marry perfectly with the grip frame in several areas along the trigger guard due to what appears to be damage the the edge of the case hardened frame itself. How does this happen assuming the grip frame hasn’t been removed/replaced at some point and how common is this in SAA’s of this vintage?
2.) Grip ears. The tops of the grip frame ears stand slightly proud of the frame when closely examined. Possibly a misaligned grip frame that could be easily remedied by loosening screws and adjusting accordingly, but the vast majority of 1st gens that I’ve had the privilege of handling have absolutely perfect fit in this regard. How common were/are flaws in this fitment in early guns?
3.) We’ve run across this one on the forum before but it dang sure looks like the cylinder face is contacting the barrel/forcing cone in a few of those pics. Merely an optical illusion?
4.) Double struck/ sloppily struck patent dates/serial numbers. A few errors are evident upon close inspection on this gun. Many here have commented before that this is par for the course on early SAA’s given the inconsistencies involved with both the tooling itself and the craftsmen who hand struck these letters/numbers. Any thoughts on the errors displayed on his piece?
VERY interested to see what this thing goes for!
My apologies. I was at work today and cannot bring this up on my work computer and resolution is poor on my phone. No, we need to ask these questions.I guess I am being ignored. Am I being indigent for not genuflecting before even looking at this pistol. I must have ruffled the feathers of those that know so much more then me. I guess my lack of knowledge is offensive on a internet forum with those that think they have such a High, High Colt pedigree.
I thought this was a place to learn. That is what I am trying to do. Many need to get over themselves and realize what is really important in life, and it is not a chunk of wood and steel or maybe iron.