Colt SAA rebuilds
This past Friday I picked up a couple Colt Single Action Armies in .38 Special. I was told they had been refinished but after getting them home and taking a closer look, I suspect they may have been rebuilt over the years. The barrels, ejector rod housings and cylinders are blue and look new, with crisp lettering. Each cylinder has the rampant colt stamped on the rear. However the frames have been noticeably polished and the colt symbol is faint. Based upon a quick search, the serial numbers lead me to think the frames might be 1st generation. One is S/N 184XXX, the second is 275XXX. There's no alpha prefix or suffix on either. Both have well fitted but oversized (i.e. thick) stag grips. The story I got was that guns were stored in a closet for the past twenty years and when this lady's husband passed away, she was anxious to sell them off. I'm toying with the idea of having the nickel removed from the frames. If originally case hardened, would the colors still exist under the plating and be visible once more if that were removed? If I can get the nickel removed economically, I'll end up selling off the stag and replacing with the standard factory hard rubber grips.