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New Engraved Colt Single Action Army

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by vanfunk, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. vanfunk

    vanfunk Well-Known Member

    Hi All:

    Just picked up this beaut...

    A silver-plated Colt Single Action Army, "cut" by master engraver John Adams, Sr. And yes, I intend to shoot it! Heck, maybe even carry it! Just need to find myself a barbeque...

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  2. BCCL

    BCCL Well-Known Member

  3. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Oh boy, that's a nice one! I don't blame you, I couldn't pay as much for a sixgun and not shoot it either. Engraving the hammer sides is always a nice touch. :D
  4. vanfunk

    vanfunk Well-Known Member

    Thanks Gentlemen!

    I'm really not one for engraved guns, usually. But there's just something about the Single Action Army that lends itself to the art. I also really like the silver plating, as opposed to nickel. The silver just appears "softer" and more antique-looking.

    Thinking about some stag grips, now, or ivory if I can find the scratch to send the Colt out to Nutmeg.

    Thanks again!

  5. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    I agree, all the way around! I know a lot of folks like dark grips on "silver" guns but I love the look of nickel, hard chrome or stainless steel with stag, ivory or antique paper micarta grips. You might also consider TruIvory if you don't wanna go all the way.
  6. vanfunk

    vanfunk Well-Known Member

    Thanks Craig:

    I am definitely intruiged by the price of Truivory, but I've never seen the material close up. Does it show the grain or banding of real ivory, or is it more of a solid color/texture all the way through? Real ivories seem to be running about $500 right now, which is pretty steep. Nice stags are more approachable - $175 - 300 or thereabouts. Just not sure yet. MAybe I'll give it a little more time and the answer will reveal itself to me.

    Thanks again,

  7. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    Very nicely crafted Colt SAA you've got there. I would also go with some sort of ivory (or ivory micarta) grip material as well. Something about nickel or silver plate and ivory grips just naturally seem to go together. And having Colt medallions on them would make for a nice finishing touch. Another option you might want to consider would be to look into grips made from American Holly.
  8. vanfunk

    vanfunk Well-Known Member

    Hi Bannockburn:

    Yes! Thank you for reminding me about Holly - I have seen some very nice grips made from the wood, and it looks great with silver. Who's making Holly grips these days, Eagle?


  9. Iggy

    Iggy Well-Known Member

  10. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Get 2, & a Kilpatrick double rig, then you can be the Lone Ranger.

    Nah, that's just seriously cool.
  11. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    TruIvory looks very much like the real thing with the grain pattern and color variations. It's also available in several stages of aging. Unfortunately, I have never been able to get a good picture that shows the grain. I think it looks more like the real thing than Eagle UltraIvory, which has a much more subtle look.

    Here's some antique ivory micarta. This is a material that is currently available from Sheffield Knifemaker Supply and looks very much like the old Westinghouse micarta. I love the stuff, bought two big slabs just in case.


    Holly looks great and has a pleasing grain pattern. I just think it's a little too soft for a using gun. I've got three pairs of holly grips and they've all got dents and dings that none of my other guns exhibit. Just not as tough as walnut, maple or the rosewoods.
  12. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    Will the silverplate tarnish?
  13. vanfunk

    vanfunk Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the great pics of guns and grips - beautiful!

    I had somehow forgotten about Grashorn Grips - he does excellent work with staghorn.

    Bushmaster - yes, the silver will tarnish, and I'm looking forward to it!

    My onlt regret is that my Colt didn't come inked and baked; I do love that look - might try to do it myself...

    Thanks again All!

  14. owlhoot

    owlhoot Well-Known Member

    Go ahead and save up for the real ivory and send the revolver to Nutmeg, Persinger or Fish. The ivory will keep all of it's value. You have a nice gun there. Carry it so you can enjoy it every day. Mernickle makes a nice holster for the purpose.
  15. royal barnes

    royal barnes Well-Known Member

    A John Adams engraved Colt needs real ivory.
  16. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    All the artificial ivory I've ever seen looks, (believe it or not,) artificial. One-piece ebony stocks might look good on that gun, especially if lavishly checkered.

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