[quote=nitestalker;1131030]Colts made Post 2nd Generation SAA are in no way the quality of the early models. The Colt Cowboy Model is a not a quality handgun. It is too bad the Colt SAA is a very over priced handgun. I have owned Colts for more than 50 years.
The Cowboy was a piece of garbage made in Europe and parts weren't compatible with any other Colts previously made including 3rds. It wasn't even a real Colt in my opinion and they should've been ashamed of themselves for selling them. Any Italian repro put those guns to shame.
The 2nd generation Colts were the most refined ever made. Their steel and finish were more durable than anything they had before. That gun was perfected and then they blew it, probably to make more profits. Their floating firing pin was superior to the early 1st generation fixed pins, which broke way more often. The parts of the 2nd generation were compatible with the first. The 3rd generations changed the barrel thread and ever since weren't able to use the barrels of the earlier models unless they wanted it to be permanent after crossing the threads. The base pin screw on the BP 1st generations was an inferior design to the newer spring type. Many of those screws got stripped and I know, because I've replaced more than a couple of base pin screws with the over sized ones. In addition they made taking the gun apart for cleaning more difficult. The early 1st had cast iron frames as opposed to steel in the later ones. Shoot a BP Colt with cowboy ammo and you're taking a chance on cracking the frame. My friend has a nice crack in the frame of his ca. 1876 SA, because he used loaded down ammo as opposed to BP. The early BP Colt's bores had inferior rifling, because their lands were narrow and the grooves were wide. Later models are opposite and that gives the rifling a longer life. The 3rds eliminated the the base pin bushing to save on manufacturing costs.
Anyone who knows the Colt SAA well won't argue that the 2nd generation was the cream of the crop. They were the result of over 70 years of trial and error. I own 1st's and 2nd's and never owned a 3rd, though I have some friends that have some early beauties. I admit my first love is for the 1st generation. After 45 years of owning and shooting Colts when I pick one up I get excited just like the first time I did. Those guns are our history.