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Old 12-01-2015, 12:39 PM   #1
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Growing up in the 50/60s you were exposed to numerous TV and movie westerns. From owning the Mattel Fanner 50 to Revells Peacemaker models, I always wanted a real Colt SAA. Over the years I've owned several and my favorite version has always been a 2'nd generation 4 3/4" barrel 45. The 3'rds are okay but I think the 2'nd gen examples are the high point of Colt quality.
Even non gun people recognize the Colt SAA, and it's good that Colt is still making them. How's that for a track record?
Holding a Colt SAA is like holding history and the fun factor of shooting one is frosting on the cake.
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Old 12-01-2015, 01:03 PM   #2
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Nothing feels as good in your hand as a single action.
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I've always wanted one but now they are very expensive.

Funny story. Back in the 90s two of my son's friends, both about 16 years old, came over to the house with a box and asked me politely if they could use my shop and my tools. They were both very nice, polite young men who have grown up to be excellent adults. I said "sure" and into the shop they went.

About five minutes later Chris came in and asked if I had any steel wool and I told him where different grades were. I got curious a couple minutes later and went into the shop to see what they were up to. In the box was an unfired Colt SAA that had been in the collection of Chris's boys dad. His father spent almost 35 years in the Navy, was an avid gun collector, but who sadly died within six months of retirement.

They were about to "polish" the frame because they thought case hardening was an imperfection in the metal. I told them to stop right their boys and come in the house with the pistol. I explained what case hardening was and that they were about to damage a very valuable collectors piece. Chris still has his "un-polished" Colt SAA to this day, still in the box and un-fired.
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I just bought a Ruger Single Six in 32 H&R mag with a 4-5/8" barrel.
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Good story Navigator, glad you saved the Colt in the nick of time.
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I never understood why? Why with all the Colt Peacemaker copies no one has ever matched the feel of the real Colt SAA? There is just something strangely unique about the Old Plow Handle.
They have always been pricey. My Great Uncle came North from Texas in the late 1870 with a Trail Herd. He bought a Colt SAA 7 1/2" in Abilene, Kansas. He paid $17 dollars for it. His pay for 1 month pushing cows everyday was $17 dollars. The gun was stolen in 1963 as he approached his 100th Birthday.
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I never understood why? Why with all the Colt Peacemaker copies no one has ever matched the feel of the real Colt SAA? There is just something strangely unique about the Old Plow Handle.
They have always been pricey. My Great Uncle came North from Texas in the late 1870 with a Trail Herd. He bought a Colt SAA 7 1/2" in Abilene, Kansas. He paid $17 dollars for it. His pay for 1 month pushing cows everyday was $17 dollars. The gun was stolen in 1963 as he approached his 100th Birthday.
There is a special trolley straight to Hell for whomever stole that pistol from your Great Uncle.
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Speaking of Peacemaker copies all currently come out of Italy. I've owned Ubertis, Armi San Marcos and finally Piettas with the latter being the closest. Here's one I recently picked up for a shooter, it's made by Pietta for Cimarron Arms. And while the clones are useful, especially for cowboy action shooting, they lack that perfect Colt feel.
The company USFA that actually bought the old Colt factory made some very close copies though they employed Italian parts. Bottom line there's nothing like the real thing.
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From what I understand USFA made all the parts except for the grips. Some of the earlier models were made with Italian parts. Many people felt the quality was better than Colt.
And because of the high quality of USFA, Colt stepped it up and started putting out better stuff.
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Had my 7 1/2" Colt SAA since the early 70's. It's fun to shoot and is always an attention getter at the range.
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