Need advice on Colt SAA 357.


el Godfather
September 7, 2012, 06:28 PM
Dear THR:
I need your opinion on Colt SAA 357 in 5.5" barrel with respect to reliability and accuracy when compared to some other SAAs in the market.

Kindly, duscuss your thoughts and experiences.

Thank you

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September 7, 2012, 06:31 PM
Need to know the serial # (less last 3 ) or at least prefix suffix

Old Fuff
September 7, 2012, 06:34 PM
Post a partial serial number, using xx for the last two digits. Include the SA prefix or suffix. When it was made can make a difference.

September 7, 2012, 07:08 PM
Off topic, but I'm just curious, why does everyone block the last few digits of a guns serial number when posting? What could anyone possibly gain from seeing the whole serial?

el Godfather
September 7, 2012, 07:33 PM
The piece is placed on order. New piece.
Most likely it will be post 2010 production.

September 7, 2012, 07:46 PM
Really can't beat a Colt Barrel for accuracy, usually. Colt 3rd Gen SAA s could be very very well made, as good as any ever made. Some weren't however. They are not almost indestructable as a Ruger SA usually are. But those C-O-L-T 4 clicks when cocking are sweet as it gets. I'm sure you wil be very happy and if not Colt has a wonderful warranty policy, usually.:)

Jim K
September 7, 2012, 10:13 PM
Colt still uses the old type flat springs which, in theory, are more prone to break or weaken than coil springs, so in that respect I would say that IMHO a Colt (and Colt clones) are a tiny bit less reliable that a Ruger with its more modern design.

Yet, as Gordon says, there is something about the old style guns that the new type guns can't match.

IMHO again, the closest SAAs to the old Colts are not the new Colts but the USFA guns, which just plain FEEL more like the old-timers.

As to blocking out part of the serial number, there two reasons given, both of which I think are plain silly. The first is the idea that the government has the manpower to monitor these sites 24/7 and pick up serial numbers to build a secret gun registration data base, so THEY will know who has guns when the time comes to seize them and take over the world, or something like that. The other idea is that some crook will see a serial number, and report the gun to the police as having been stolen from him. The police, being totally clueless, will seize the gun and give it to the crook, without requiring any further proof or evidence of his claim. IMHO (again), both these ideas belong to the tinfoil hat brigade. There are very real threats to gun ownership, but those two ideas are not among them. If one wants the date of manufacture or whether a gun is an antique, the whole serial number is often necessary.


September 8, 2012, 08:01 PM
What happens in krazy Kali is the scum bags report the gun stolen after reading # and report it to cops , they in turn get the IP address and impound the gun. You have to go to court to get it. In Kali the scum bag claims he bought the gun in good faith from somebody and the judge will order the REAL owner to pay what the scum bag says he paid or fair market value. Believe me this is what can happen I had it done to me!Kinda.

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