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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:17 pm
Very nice!

When do we get to see some pics? I love the look of holster wear on a pistol...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:12 am
Just before Christmas I found a nice Colt PPS in 32-20 from 1925, came with 3 boxes of 1950's vintage boxes of ammunition. The gun is nice but the ammunition is show room quality in condition of contents and packaging. I'll pedal the ammunition, should recoup a third of my outlay for it all.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:08 pm
Excellent find MMCSRET !!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:13 pm
Hello again Shooter 13,
Tell me about your Colt 45 SAA. What generation is it? How old is it? It is stunning!

Mr Lazy Eyed Sniper,
Your pair of revolvers are stunning also. What generation are they? What year were they made?
You mention model 1840? Correct me if I'm wrong, but they look like model 1873s.
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Wayne
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:50 pm
waynes123 wrote:Mr Lazy Eyed Sniper,
Your pair of revolvers are stunning also. What generation are they? What year were they made?
You mention model 1840? Correct me if I'm wrong, but they look like model 1873s.
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Wayne


Hello Sir,

Yes they are in fact 1873's, however Colt's factory model number is the P1840. They belong to my Pop, so I don't have a lot of detail as far as the generation or mfg. date. They're relatively new, made in the last decade or so. My Mom gave them to him for an anniversary present a while back. He still hasn't removed the factory zip tie and they still have never been rolled...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:12 pm
Thank you, they are simply stunning!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:00 pm
Here another picture Wayne...

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The Peacemaker was presented to me by my wife upon my retirement from the DoD.

It is a 3rd generation Model P1840 with a 4 3/4" barrel chambered in .45 Colt with a case hardened frame that I've dated to 2007...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:30 pm
Sweet! Have you ever shot it? Doesn't look like it.
I've got a Colt 1st gen (1932) that looks a lot like it. Ill post it when I get a minute.
I've also got and old SAA 1st gen (1882) that has an interesting story that I think you will enjoy. I'm posting it now.
I saw your Vaquero Bisly...very nice. Ive got a SS Vaquero (older version in 45LC) with white grips that I'll post soon.
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Wayne

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:38 pm
Hello,

Several years ago (I'm now retired) I acquired an old Colt 45 SAA 1st generation (early) made in 1882. (Black powder cartridge). There is a great story behind this.

I went to an old friends house to repair a leak in a ceiling. To repair the leaking pipe, we had to remove an 8ft section of sheet rock from the ceiling. During the repair, I noticed something sitting on top of a heating duct. You guessed it...it was an old Colt 45 SAA in a period holster...just sitting there!
I couldn't believe my eyes! The homeowner was standing next to me. I looked at it and handed it down to him. I told him what it was but I didn't know how old it was. He didn't like guns and didn't want it in the house. Better yet, he gave it to me. As best we could tell, the house was built in the 30's. The rec room looked like a 1950's job at the latest. That's when the ceiling was closed up. So we figured that the gun has sat there since at least the 1950's and perhaps longer ( about 65 yrs). This just doesn't happen to me...it happens to other people. Anyway....The gun had a light coating of rust all over it but not so bad that it didn't function properly. The holster had gotten a bit hard sitting on the heating duct. He said air conditioning was added in the 70's so now the duct is warm and cool. I applied the correct leather restoration paste to the holster and it softened up nicely. I had to "go over" the gun with a soft brillo pad soaked in oil. I wasn't concerned about removing any old bluing because there wasn't any. I wanted to get the rust out! The gun is in pretty good shape. It functions properly and you can still hear the 4 distinctive "Colt clicks" when going to full cock. I did replace the Bolt (cylinder stop) with an original one. The grips are the original one piece wood although they have shrunk just a bit which is normal and expected on a gun 135 years old. All of the numbers match except the loading gate which again is normal as almost all the colts left the factory with non-matching number loading gates. I also find the holster to be very interesting. It is a period holster (1880 - 1900) in the floral pattern but has no makers mark. If you notice on the back of the holster, someone (probably a boot maker or cobbler) installed a leather "patch". Apparently the muzzel wore a hole through the bottom of the holster. They glued the patch in place then used tacks and tacked it then buffed the seam smooth. How cool is that? Back in the day, people couldn't afford to throw things out...they repaired them! Now...could the patch be covering the makers name...? Maybe, but I'm not going to remove it and find out. In my opinion, this rig has probably spent a lot of time on horseback. I sent for and received the "Colt Letter". It states the gun left the Colt factory just the way you see it, in March of 1882. It was part of a shipment of 50 that went to Hartley & Gramm. H&G were Colt distributors who shipped most of their guns west. I can find no records on who H&G shipped it to. If only this gun could talk. I've attached a few pictures and a few more on the next thread. Thanks for hanging in there this long.

Wayne
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:43 pm
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