View Full Version : 2nd VS 3rd Gen Colt SAA
January 31, 2000, 02:30 AM
I was hoping that someone could explain to me the difference (mechanically) between the two guns. As a side note, I was hoping that you might be able to tell me if my gun is a 2nd or 3rd. It is a commerative from 1976, which, I beleive, is the transition year. The serial number doesn't fall into the standard range (it's a few numbers off of 0000PM). Thanks!!
January 31, 2000, 01:54 PM
I'm going to move this to Harley Nolden's Firearms Research forum.
February 1, 2000, 04:41 PM
1976 was begining of what is called Third generation. Only minor modifications were made. Barrel threads are different and cylinder is fitted with a non removable cylinder bushing. Third generation barrels can not be changed with Second Generation barrels. I don't remember about the cylinders. Perhaps someone else recalls that.
February 1, 2000, 04:47 PM
Not familiar with that serial numbering. Is that a Scout??
February 2, 2000, 03:38 AM
Thanks for the details so far. I don't want to remove the cylinder as it is unturned, unscathed in any fashion. The gun is a 7.5" 45 Colt SAA. It is a Bicentinnial Commerative. I'm hoping that it was actually made in 1975 or so, as a 2nd Gen is always worth more than a 3rd.
It is a nice looking gun with CC frame, and an excellent blue on the rest. There is light engraving and some states (I think the first 13) engraved on the cylinder with a few views of the flag. Also, the grips have concealled screws and a American Eagle emblem inset on the Walnut.
Any ideas on this one? I called Colt today, but was #29, with about an hour wait. I just don't have the patience for that. Thanks!!
February 2, 2000, 02:11 PM
According to the Gun Parts Corp. catalog, the cylinders for 3rd generation Colt's are interchangeable with first and 2nd generation pistols.
I can't for the life of me figure out why they changed the threads on the barrels though. Sounds like corporate stupidity to me. But look at the way they're going.
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