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Colt SSA generations

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by rayman, Apr 8, 2011.

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  1. rayman

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    Hello, just curious. Can someone tell me the differences in the SAA Colts. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. generations. I notice people selling the older ones are asking a little more than the newer ones. I'm interested in a 4 3/4 blued color cased model in 357. Are the older ones better? What's a good price for one?
     
  2. rocky branch

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    1st generation are high dollar antiques.
    2nd generation newer, well made, but expensive.
    3rd gen-much maligned by purists and overpriced.
    Quality and workmanship are 3rd gen issues.

    Check out auctions like gunbroker for an idea.
    A Cimmeron or such would be a better deal than an actual Colt for GP.
     
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    Learn something new everyday here!

    rocky branch & Red Cent - thanks for posting.
     
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    If you're gonna buy a 3rd generation Colt SAA (not SSA), buy a brand new one.
     
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    Also, Colt lists MRSP on thier website. Nutmeg sports lists prices of engraved revolvers with ivory grips. Cabela's actually has a decent listing of new and used colts in their gun room pages. Lipsey's and Davidsons can let you search for prices and local prices based upon zipcode.
     
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    The earlier 3rd. Gen guns had a pressed-in cylinder bushing.
    It was often fitted incorrectly, allowing some end-shake, and there is not much you can do about it yourself.
    They were later changed to the 1st/2nd Gen removable type bushing, which is a simple job to replace with a new over-size one and re-fit if end-shake rears it's ugly head.

    IMO: The quality of the newer 3rd. Gen custom shop guns I have handled is right up there with the best of them again.

    rc
     
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    Can't argue with that! Or a USFA Pre-War.
     
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