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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-12-2015, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-13-2015, 07:39 AM
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im not a colt expert but do have a buddy that just drewls on those 38 spec saa. I do have some experience with case hardnening. I doubt there be much color left. Case colors fade to grey over the years. Ive got a couple cased ruger customs that were done about 15 years ago and the colors have already faded about 50 percent. Plus if there nickled they had to prep the surface to get the nickel to stick so it was probably sanded. If I were you id have them looked at by a real colt guy. could be yours were in great shape and the lettering wear was do to prep to nickel. 38s are fairly rare and it could be worth your money to have them done right.

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Thanks Lloyd. A couple folks on the SASS Wire pretty much confirmed my suspicions. The frames are 1st generation, and too old to have been chambered on .38 Special by the factory. They've said stripping the nickel and re-color casehardening would be an expensive proposition. I think I'll leave them as-is for now, and do some plinking with them. If they seem to function okay, and are reasonably accurate, I might hang onto them. Otherwise I'll likely sell one or both and use the funds for Ruger's New Vaquero(s).
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I hope at least one is tight & timed and accurate enough to keep; could be a once in a lifetime find nowadays. Even with the mods they sound like unique and distinctive classy old pieces with a history all their own. Nothin' wrong with that!

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Thanks Gcrank1, I hope to try them out at the range soon. It did seem like an opportunity I couldn't afford to pass up.
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Put a few rounds through each this afternoon. No issues!
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Ok, so it's been a long time----So now tell us ARE THEY ACCURATE!!!!!!! Lazy minds want to know. ;D God Bless to you and yours.



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Thanks Goofyoldfart. I've only had the one opportunity to try them out shortly after purchasing. Didn't group them on paper, but shot at a small metal silhouette. They each hit to the point of aim at, I'm guessing, about fifteen yards. I'm pleased with the results.
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15yd. to POA means they will hit at reasonable funnin' handgun distances ;D . I think I'd have to be keeping them as is .

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Ditto.
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