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M1Anut 12-15-2012 01:57 AM

Colt Single Action Army 38/40
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Have a SAA that has been refinished, matching numbers and original grips. Can anyone give me an idea of the value. Here are some pics.

racer_x 12-15-2012 02:09 AM

All i know is I want one lol no matter the value I wish

M1Anut 12-15-2012 02:11 AM


Originally Posted by racer_x
All i know is I want one lol no matter the value I wish

It is for sale! Lol

towboater 12-15-2012 02:41 AM

Not sure bout its worth. But the gold plating knocks a bunch off if I were the buyer.

M1Anut 12-15-2012 02:46 AM


Originally Posted by towboater
Not sure bout its worth. But the gold plating knocks a bunch off if I were the buyer.

I know, it sucks! Wish it was original, but it's not. Would like to find a ballpark figure on its value.

danf_fl 12-15-2012 10:12 AM

This may not be appraised value, but I would not give more than $400.
By the time spent to restore it properly (Turnbull), I would have to invest too much.

towboater 12-16-2012 05:10 AM

If I were selling it. I'd put it on gunbroker with a pretty high reserve. See what kinda bites ya get.

nitestalker 12-16-2012 05:25 AM

What Generation 1st or 2nd? These valuable guns can be restored without hurting the value too much. The cost for a proper restoration is high but those are high priced guns in good condition. In 80 % condition I would expect $1,800 + in your condition $700.:)

gunsmoke11 12-16-2012 06:34 AM

Give the fist few numbers of the ser# to begin with in order to date it. How is it functioning? You should have 4 clicks when cocking. Push the hammer forward after each click to see if it holds well. How's the bore? It's not BP cause the frame doesn't have a base pin screw. Check to see if the cylinder spins in either direction, cause it should only turn clockwise. Peacemaker Specialists in Ca., which I and friends of mine have done business with, was John Kopec's company which he sold, but they are exc when it comes to SAA's and can re-finish it like the original and their prices are very reasonable. Kopec is a former Colt gunsmith and knew how to blue and caseharden exactly like Colt and is number one in the country as far as being a Colt expert. Also, Kopec lives across the street from them keeps an eye on what they're doing. The one thing I would do is send for a letter from Colt, which will cost around $150. They will let you know when it was made and where it was sent, as well as what it's configuration was. The letter adds to the gun value. Then I'd re-finish it to what it was originally. Turnbull is way overpriced. As far as giving a value more must be known. I've seen originals done with gold as well. I collect old Colts and will say that on an average the re-finished ones sell for over a thousand dollars and depending on how well it's done can go for a bit more. Colt SA's are highly collectable, especially 1st generations and pre-'98's bring in more. Towboater's idea about putting it on Gunbroker with a very high reserve is a good way as any to see what people would pay, but doing a little research on the net can answer many of your questions and it costs nothing just a little bit of your time.

M1Anut 12-16-2012 09:13 AM

Thanks guys, had an old gentleman check it out, he said it was made in 1902, first gen. I think gunbroker is probably what I'll do. The action is awesome on it, cylinder locks up tight and good hammer springs.

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