H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619 Posted December 22, 2022 Share Posted December 22, 2022 Recently, I made a post about what makes for a "complete" collection of Colt SAA's. There were a few different ideas as to what would be the way to define that, and that was pretty good. Also., someone made a very appropriate observation that the discussion was pretty pointless without pictures. Someone else posted about how SAA #1 was on the cover of the latest issue of The American Rifleman. I got my copy of it yesterday, and while there really wasn't anything in the article I'd not read before, it was still a very good one, and there were a couple of other SAA related articles aside from the cover story that were fun to read as well. One of the highlights of the cover story was at the end where it was announced that Colt would be releasing a special commemorative to mark the Peacemaker's 150th anniversary. No price info yet, but I am curious.... Anyway, with all of that in mind, and some other things as well, let's celebrate the SAA by sharing ours with each other. I'll start the ball rolling. I have separated them by caliber and arranged them in the pics in the order aquirred. The top is actually the first SAA I ever purchased. The bottom is a California Bicentennial model, and was the first gun I got that allowed me to refer to myself as "a man with a golden gun." I have used both in side matches. These are .32-20's. Top left left the factory as a .38-40, but has been changed to a .32 at a time and by persons unknown. The nickel finish letters as original, but who knows? The cylinder and barrel looks fairly modern. It is 1st Generation antique. Below it is a 3rd Generation pistol, and was the first SAA that I bought new. Upper right was my first Bisley, and lower right is a more recent purchase. The lower right is the only one I have not yet used at a shoot, but eventually will. Both are of course, First Generations, and are modern ones. These are my .44 Specials. The first time I took the Buntline to a shoot, someone joked that I should obtain a Sheriff's model to pair with it. Soon after that, the left Sheriff was obtained. Whenever I do pair these two, I always find an excuse to shout, "Sheriff Buntline to the rescue!" I also sometimes put the Sheriff in a holster for a 7.5" barreled gun. People are surprised when they see what I am actually shooting. About a year or so later, I found the blued one, and they became the first, closest thing I have to a "matched pair." Both also came with .44-40 cylinders, and I did obtain a .44-40 one for the Buntline, but forgot to put it in the picture. All three guns are 3rd Generations. As of this posting, the New Frontier is my most recently obtained pistol. I've had it for less that a week, so it's the only one here I've not used at a shoot yet. It's a 2nd Gen. These are .44-40's. The top is a 3rd Generation, and came with regular hard rubber grips. I found these "Ivory laminate" grips at a big guns store in Pennsylvania, and thought they'd look cool in this gun. To me, nickel guns just look "better" with ivory. The grips are mostly wood and have a thin layer of this ivory laminated over the wood. I have no idea if it's real ivory or not. Below is a 1st Generation antique that somebody chromed. It's as ugly as sin, the grips are obviously broken, left the factory in 1881 with a blued finish, but it is mechanically perfect and only cost me $500 bucks just before the pandemic hit. I figured it was a bargain. I've toyed with the idea of restoring it. One local gunsmith who specializes in restorations didn't really wanna try. One cool feature is that the hammer, trigger and ejector have been gold plated. Both have been used at shoots. And finally, here are my .45s. The upper left 3rd Generation is the most special gun in my collection; it was my father's. To its right is an NRA Centennial Commemorative. These were 2nd Generation guns. I bought this one when I found it at a now gone Big Gun Store in New Hampshire, and the following weekend, I used it at a big shoot that was spread over 2 days along with Dad's gun. The next time I went on a business trip that took me that way, I took the pistol back to the factory for an action job. (It was that bad!) First pistol I ever felt needed such to be done to it. They did a great job, and it was less than a hundred bucks. But this was at least 10 years ago, maybe 15. Lower left is a fairly generic 2nd Generation, which was a gift from my parents. Lower right is the "Old Fort Des Moines Restoration" commemorative. It's gold plated, and came from the factory with mother of pearl grips. I still have those grips, but I could not get the words of General Patton out of my head, so I obtained these genuine (wooly mammoth) ivory grips for it. And yes, I have used it in competition, like everything else in this caliber. Well, that's my SAA collection. Or at least, all my COLT SAAs. I have not pictured my clones. Shall I send in the clones? Who else will share? Oh, double checking over my list of what I thought would make up my definition of a "complete" SAA collection, I see that I don't have one! Unless you wanna count one of the Bisley's or let it do double duty, I don't seem to have a "modern" 1st Gen example. Oh well. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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