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I was looking at this old 1905 Colt and thinking about how worn down the grips are. It must have been used a lot over the years. The checkering is gone in the places where your hand holds it and the Colt logo is certainly worn down on the left side where your thumb would rest. I'm thinking this one was a hard working SAA at some point in its history and then laid up to rust from neglect later. I'm still waiting on the Colt letter to see how it started out in history. Any week it should be out.


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And to head off remarks...yes I did replace the bent ejector rod head with a Colt replacement part yet retained the original full round ejector rod. It also has new springs in the internals. It took me some time to find a Colt part, most current replacements are MIM cast, but I wanted a non MIM Colt part.
 
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Gun looks to have been carried by an out of doors man in all kinds of weather. Muzzle wear from holster and abrasive dust, grip panels from chafing against clothing and rust induced from moisture retained by a holster and acids in the leather. It is a nice old working revolver but hardly abused, just worked hard.
 

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Yours don't look that bad. I've got a at least one pair that is wore all smooth.
 

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And to let all of you know what I paid for this, the LGS saw me coming and didn't even put it out on display to sell it. He held it under the cash register just waiting for me to walk in. He knew I was going to start throwing money like it was confeti. Sad to say I paid $1847 for it, and he even tossed a bag of magic beans with the deal. So as a caution to all, don't be me because you will always be broke and looking for the next bag of majic beans.
 

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And to head off remarks...yes I did replace the bent ejector rod head with a Colt replacement part yet retained the original full round ejector rod.
Do you mean the ejector rod head. If so, the original ejector rod head would not have been the full round bullseye.

Worn grips can speak volumes! One of the first things I look at when evaluating a supposedly high condition SAA revolver. Without a plausible explanation, worn grips on an otherwise high condition gun strongly, strongly suggests a refinish.
 

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That is a beautiful well worn piece of Colt history Sarge !!

Congrats

Now...gotta ask...Did You Plant The Magic Beans !?

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That is a beautiful well worn piece of Colt history Sarge !!

Congrats

Now...gotta ask...Did You Plant The Magic Beans !?

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No the wife grabbed the beans out of my hand and threw them out the kitchen window?
 

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If you've ever worked on a ranch, it is easy to understand how quickly some rubber grips could get this amount of wear. Such as while digging post holes, you get sand on your hands. Like a tired football player, you rest your dirty hands on hips and (in this case) the pistol grip. That is like sand paper.

I have seen a few Colt SAA's with almost no checkering left, but the gun still has generous traces of blue left.

But like you say, worn grip panels do tell us a story.
 

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If you've ever worked on a ranch, it is easy to understand how quickly some rubber grips could get this amount of wear. Such as while digging post holes, you get sand on your hands.....
Vic ya made me laugh :) Two of us set 15 new posts, 3' deep, and 45 rails today in some nasty ass ground full of glacial till. I can't imagine EVER digging a post hole with a gun strapped on. I'd be hard pressed to be getting on and off a horse to fix much wire fence with a gun on. Easier yet to do on a 4 wheeler these days and even then I'd leave the gun on the rig and get the damn thing off my belt if I need to wrangle wire and posts.

We spend a good amount of time building and fixing fence. And we check fence on horse back. Wild Injuns, rustlers, bad men or wild cats couldn't get me to do it healed. I'd for sure have a long gun in the boot. If ya gotta work on the ground it just don't make sense to me. I might in griz country only because few horses are gonna stay ground tied if a bear is close by :) Suck to see our favorite lever gun heading north along with your pony when a curious bear takes exception to your fence work!

I know sand and dust get all ground into holsters, worse yet with a sewn bottom holster. Chew a gun up right quick. It doesn't take much to wear a set of the older Colt hard rubber grips. Chaps, running a dallied rope across the grip or just rubbing on damn near anything hard. But that pair of grips on this gun? Hell they hardly show any honest wear at all. Grips are in a lot better shape cosmetically than the gun is.

Nice well used, old gun. I'd bet that kind of pitting on the left side comes from sitting in a wet holster or a wet blanket unattended and abused for a good bit of time. It's not from typical every day holster carry or wear IMO.
 
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