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Is a real colt worth it?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by NCPlinker, Oct 31, 2012.

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  1. NCPlinker

    NCPlinker Member

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    I've been looking around at SAA's, you know, for my cowboy side. I saw replicas made by uberti and the other big names that look nice, and apparently are very authentic, but I was wondering, would it be worth it to get a real colt? I mean is there a benefit to them other then the name? Cause $2000 is a lot to shell out for a shooting iron(I know that's high side, but the lowest ive seen is 1400) Your input?
     
  2. Sky

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    It certainly is for some people.

    Sometimes I wonder if people forget the purpose of a pistol or rifle? If I am buying something to keep I want something that is comfortable for me to shoot and I can actually hit what I am aiming at and not worry about some minor scratch or mar when using the gun in the field..

    So as always it's your money and your call. I remember when RIA or the American Classic 1911s first came out and all the bad mouthing by those who did not own one....they work just fine for those who have purchased them at 1/2 the price that used to be minimum for a 1911. A friend of mine has a really high dollar case, rifle, and glass that he is so concerned about taking care of the rig that he really does not get much use out of his weapon. If it rains while on a hunt he nearly vapor locks and wants to run away from the drizzle!! So if you are comfortable with $2000 and can use it for it's intended purpose then have fun and good luck....I would want to shoot it first....
     
  3. BYJO4

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    Only you can make that decision. The Colt represents the real thing and to many simply saying they have one is worth the extra cost. Good replicas will shoot as well as the Colt and if I was buying primarily to shoot, I would get a replica. If I was buying for display more than shooting, I would get the Colt.
     
  4. .22-5-40

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    Hello, NCPlinker. The Colt will hold it's value over time compared to a replica.
    And you won't have to say..when your buddys ask if its a real Colt..no..but it's just like one!
     
  5. rcmodel

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    It was worth it to me.

    And the latest ones being made again now are simply beautiful guns.
    The case colors & bluing will take your breath away!

    rc
     
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    I own a Colt and its a shooter and soes very well.

    I have owned Ruger's and Umberti's too.

    they all shot very well,and cost a GREAT deal less than the Colt.

    Long story how I wound up with the Colt [ and yes,she is a beauty ] but suffice it to say I would buy 'other' brands for shooters/hunters.
     

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    If you can afford it, go with the Colt. You won't regret it.
     
  8. NCPlinker

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    I would be buying for a shooter.... It wouldn't really be a field gun so it wouldn't get scratched or dinged alot.... I'm still not sure. If I see a replica that looks, feels, and shoots well enough to make up for not being a colt i guess i could go for it without regrets
     
  9. planetmobius

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    Forget the Colt. They are the most overrated overpriced guns around. You are paying for the logo. Lots of guns out there that are superior in every measurable way for a fraction of the price. What I do like about the Colts is that whenever one crosses my desk, someone is willing to pay enough for it to allow me to buy three or more Rugers. If you are looking for a shooter, the Colt is a second rate choice.
     
  10. PabloJ

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    Look at US Firearms products (USFA) before you make a decision.
     
  11. Deaf Smith

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    The Colt SSA is a good collector with alot of history but as a shooter all the rest of 'em do just fine.

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    I haven't held a Colt yet that impressed me. Shotguns that felt like toys, rifles with triggers that felt like someone threw sand in them and pistols that had nothing but a rollmark distinguishing them from handguns costing half as much.

    I have no doubt Colt used to make a fine firearm. But they haven't in my lifetime.

    Strictly a shooter, I'd look at the Uberti and Ruger lineup. For a classy hunk o' art in steel, look at U.S.F.A.. Check out Doug Turnbulls stuff. I belive he also sells now, rather than just 'smithing. Turnbull "just gunsmithing". That's like calling the Cistene Chapel "just a painting".
     
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    I've owned & worked with several replicas. All are now gone.
    I currently own three Peacemakers.

    If you have to ask, then Colts are not worth it for you. :)
    Denis
     
  14. DMH

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    This is a question that you will have to decide for yourself, but once you own a Colt SAA it will be hard to part with it. I have four single action revolvers, one Uberti and three Colts. I do not like the safety on the Uberti. It is the cylinder pin that runs through the bushing in the center of the cylinder. The pin has two detents on it and when pushed all the way in it prevents the hammer from falling all the way. This is easy to remedy by just not using it (the safety). The Uberti is a 45 colt and a fun gun to shoot. It is accurate and has held up well. It is inexpensive and easily replaced. The SAA Colts I have are 32-20, 45colt and .22 the .22 also has a .22wmr cylinder. These are my favorite and it is all feeling, emotional and status. I can not say they are more accurate, or better built. But they do look nicer, they are made in America and are worth more now than I paid for them. I do have a single action Ruger Old Army cap and ball that is well built, accurate and built like a tank. Good luck with your choice and research the revolver you plan to buy. As a shooter you do not want the added cost of fixing cylinder bore variations or diameter issues. To answer your question, in my opinion YES the Colts are worth the added cost.

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    A Colt SAA is usually going to cost you more than any other SAA but the good news is that they retain their value very well.

    The Uberti and Cimarron made SA guns are nice, well made and fun to shoot. From what understand for a while Uberti used Colt made parts on their percussion line of revolvers but the newer Uberti's are all Uberti parts and not as well made.

    If quality is really important and you want a gun that is going to retain it's value fairly well then Colt is the way to go. If you want just a shooter and something to play around with at the range then an Uberti or Cimarron will probably serve you just fine for a lot less money.
     
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    A Chevy vs Ford question for most, but for me the decision was easy. My SA's are (must be) multi-taskers and be a reliable hunting weapon as well as a good CCW. The strength of the frame and transfer bar (6th round safely carried) of the Ruger make it the only choice for me.;)

    LD
     
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    To be frank, Colt sees the larger market for their single-action revolvers is collectors. Be that as it may, a goodly number of shooters like them too.

    When it comes to shooting I have found they can be tack-drivers - out to 200 yards and then some! But they aren't necessarily more accurate then a Ruger, which is less likely to break small internal springs and cylinder bolts, and are safe to carry fully loaded.

    If I was focused on shooting I would buy a Ruger, and either save the difference in cost, or spend it on having some custom work and/or refinishing done on the less expensive revolver. Also if I wanted the best out-of-the-box shooter and was willing to spend (give or take) $1,500 I would take a hard look at Freedom Arms who in the accuracy department can beat the others, hands down.
     
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    Nwill,
    You're backwards, Uberti never used Colt percussion parts for their guns.
    Colt's re-intro percussions of the fairly recent past (that actually had any real Colt involvement) were built using Uberti parts and assembled/final-finished by Colt.

    The Uberti percussions have always used Uberti parts.
    Denis
     
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    A single action revolver is strictly a matter of choice. I have owned Rugers, Italian clones, and Colts. I settled on the Colts a number of years ago. I have experienced one broken part in the last fifteen ears on one gun and that was at about 10,000 rounds. I've seen more clones and Rugers break than Colts. I'm a cowboy action shooter and I use my guns a lot. Anyone who says the Colts are not the best SAA's on the market are living in a vacuum. Since 2000 the current production guns are the best Colt has ever made. Period! I own and shoot examples from all three generations. Choose something else for price, intended purpose or "just because". Colt is still the watermark for quality and authenticity.:)
     
  20. NCPlinker

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    I think I will go with the colt. I handled one at a local shop, and it was a beautiful gun that the owner said shot well(I would like to test it, though) Once my gun savings bank account is up to snuff, I think it will be mine
     
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    Absolutely worth it!

    (if you can afford it)

    If you really WANT a Colt, would you want to have to look at a Uberti every time you wished you had the Colt?

    Colt handguns hold their value quite well.
     
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    Maybe it'll help to say you don't buy a Colt because it's the most accurate SA, you don't buy a Colt because it's the most durable SA, you don't buy a Colt because it's the strongest SA, and you don't buy a Colt because it's the cheapest SA.

    You buy a Colt Peacemaker because it's a Colt Peacemaker, and nothing else is.
    If that means nothing to you, then for you it isn't worth the extra money.
    Denis
     
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    That's why I wouldn't get one. Har! Get it?.. I'd destroy one in five minutes of fanning.
     
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    I own a Colt SAA that I bought new in 1985. I have had several broken springs and had to have the cylinder bushing replaced by Colt. I still would not trade it for anything else. I also own a Ruger Super Black Hawk in .44 Magnum and love it to death also! So... Get BOTH!
     
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    I have owned 3 Uberti's SAA, Schofield, and an 1860 army, all gifts, all spent time getting repaired, all are gone... Well the 1860 army is in a pile in a box, waiting for me to fix it again. Get a Colt, or a Ruger, I would pass on the Beretta, Stoeger, Uberti clones. USA Firearms makes some nice examples of the SAA.
     
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