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Old 09-15-2018, 07:32 AM   #1
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Is there anyone around Georgetown or Lampasas that does gun appraisals? I inherited a Colt single action army .45LC that was manufactured in 1902 from my grandfather and I wanted to get it appraised just for insurance purposes. Not looking to sell it, just wanted to be prepared if something ever happened to it.


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Old 09-26-2018, 07:02 PM   #2
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Old 09-26-2018, 08:43 PM   #3
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Take a bunch of detailed pics & post them.

Do all the numbers match??

How is the timing...'slowly' cock the hammer into the firing position & then rotate the cylinder. If you hear & feel a click to get the cylinder to lock up into timing then it is off some.

You can also get a letter from Colt on the details of when & where it was shipped to for it's born on date & the total 411 which is a nice addition.

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Old 09-26-2018, 08:58 PM   #4
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Take it to Joe McBride at McBrides guns, 31st and N. Lamar in Austin.
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:15 PM   #5
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Take it to Joe McBride at McBrides guns, 31st and N. Lamar in Austin.


Awesome thank you will do!


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Old 11-04-2018, 08:24 PM   #6
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Take a bunch of detailed pics & post them.

Do all the numbers match??

How is the timing...'slowly' cock the hammer into the firing position & then rotate the cylinder. If you hear & feel a click to get the cylinder to lock up into timing then it is off some.

You can also get a letter from Colt on the details of when & where it was shipped to for it's born on date & the total 411 which is a nice addition.


All of the numbers match, timing is great, has barely been shot. I also have the original holder that came with it, here are a few pics


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Old 11-04-2018, 08:49 PM   #7
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Oh boy, that’s gonna be a big number
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:49 PM   #8
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That thing looks great
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:50 PM   #9
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:55 PM   #10
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Brother...you gotta gem there & actually sorry I asked for you to rotate the cyl being that clean!! Simply outstanding. Go to gunsinternational and do a quick search as the link won't work. Use search words: 'Colt Single Army 45' so you can compare style, condition & asking price. Do the same on complete auctions (firearms only) on gunbroker if you have an account. Only pay attn to items that sold.




Hold close & Keep her in the safe regardless. That my friend is not your average inheritance gun. Happy for you!! I would pay for the Colt letter myself...follow up on the ship history if you do please.

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Old 11-04-2018, 09:11 PM   #11
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Do not store it in the holster. That is a fine piece you have there. Wow

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Old 11-04-2018, 09:34 PM   #12
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That's a fine looking SAA Sir. I would definitely get the letter and cherish that revolver.
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:23 PM   #13
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Uhhh DROOL!!

This is probably the exact wrong thing to say, but I would have to take that to the range and put some rounds through it.
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:54 PM   #14
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Uhhh DROOL!!

This is probably the exact wrong thing to say, but I would have to take that to the range and put some rounds through it.


This I will do once in a blue moon just out of reminiscing sake and love of my Papa, funny story about this gun is my Mimi emptied the cylinder at a rattlesnake off their back porch one time, didnít hit it but they said it lit a fire under its tail and they never saw it again haha. It also has an X carved in it, Papa told me his Grandfather, who owned Weekís Drug store in Ballinger in the early 1900s and the original owner of the gun, kept this gun under the counter near the cash register for protection. Story has it there was a man who had beef with someone in the street, came inside the store and stole the gun, walked back out in the street and shot the man he was arguing with. Gun was recovered and his Grandfather carved the X in it to symbolize it had been used to kill someone, wish I could find the old newspaper headline from that if one existed.


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Yes sir i have never stored it in the holster, it stays in the safe on a rack with a small dehumidifier.


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Old 11-05-2018, 10:59 AM   #16
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That is a beautiful Colt and one of the cleanest ones that I have ever seen.
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Old 11-05-2018, 07:14 PM   #17
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That is a beautiful Colt and one of the cleanest ones that I have ever seen.


Thank you sir, it has very little wear and was taken care of, blessed to have it!


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Old 11-06-2018, 07:50 AM   #18
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If that hasn’t been refinished that’s one of the cleanest I have seen. Call colt and get a letter for it. $150. That greatly increases the value of its all original. If it hasn’t been refinished you’re looking at $5-7k in my opinion. I don’t much case color. Trigger looks a little different. But the rest looks amazing. I would not shoot it. You can’t even see a turn line on the cylinder which is why I’m wondering about a refinish. Awesome gun either way!!
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:29 AM   #19
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The stampings on the printing looks fairly sharp, but the prancing pony is however light...I would compare pics to those online.

If that gun was indeed refinished, it would be new carry gun at the ranch!!
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If that hasnít been refinished thatís one of the cleanest I have seen. Call colt and get a letter for it. $150. That greatly increases the value of its all original. If it hasnít been refinished youíre looking at $5-7k in my opinion. I donít much case color. Trigger looks a little different. But the rest looks amazing. I would not shoot it. You canít even see a turn line on the cylinder which is why Iím wondering about a refinish. Awesome gun either way!!


Iím not exactly sure if it has been refinished or not, but itís very possible, function wise though it is super tight, I will have to ask my Dad if he knows.


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The stampings on the printing looks fairly sharp, but the prancing pony is however light...I would compare pics to those online.

If that gun was indeed refinished, it would be new carry gun at the ranch!!
Thatís what caught my attention.
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:48 AM   #22
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The stampings on the printing looks fairly sharp, but the prancing pony is however light...I would compare pics to those online.

If that gun was indeed refinished, it would be new carry gun at the ranch!!
Definitely not an expert but the handful of old SAAs Iíve seen all had light prancing ponies. I can make out some rotation marks on the cylinder, Iíd bet theyíre more visible in person. Beautiful gun either way.

Would be a bonus to have a newspaper clipping to go along with your story and the X on the gun. that is definitely something worth looking into.
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Old 11-13-2018, 01:27 PM   #23
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Iím going to contact Colt and get the letter from them


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Old 11-13-2018, 04:31 PM   #24
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Nice gun and thanks for sharing. Made me pull out a copy of my old reference books for comparison!

Trigger looks right to me for an early, non-Bisley post-blackpowder SAA, but maybe I’m missing something.

It’s hard to tell from those pics if it’s been refinished, and although a faint, encircled rampant colt isn’t uncommon for this period, it’s usually the circle that’s faint and not the actual figure of the Colt. To me, some of the corners also seem a little rounded (indicative of buffing before a refinish), particularly in front of the cylinder below the top strap and the trigger guard. But that could be the result of the angle of the picture.

Also, it’s seems a relatively nice uniform blue for a gun that should’ve been vibrantly case colored. Of course, case colors can fade and easily wash out in pictures.

Nonetheless, great colt. I agree on at least 7k for a nonrefinish, if not even higher for insurance purposes. If refinished, it’s still worth several thousand!
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Nice gun and thanks for sharing. Made me pull out a copy of my old reference books for comparison!

Trigger looks right to me for an early, non-Bisley post-blackpowder SAA, but maybe Iím missing something.

Itís hard to tell from those pics if itís been refinished, and although a faint, encircled rampant colt isnít uncommon for this period, itís usually the circle thatís faint and not the actual figure of the Colt. To me, some of the corners also seem a little rounded (indicative of buffing before a refinish), particularly in front of the cylinder below the top strap and the trigger guard. But that could be the result of the angle of the picture.

Also, itís seems a relatively nice uniform blue for a gun that shouldíve been vibrantly case colored. Of course, case colors can fade and easily wash out in pictures.

Nonetheless, great colt. I agree on at least 7k for a nonrefinish, if not even higher for insurance purposes. If refinished, itís still worth several thousand!


Thank you, I have looked up the serial number before and mfg date is 1902


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