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Old March 5, 2013, 02:24 PM   #1
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Colt SAA 3rd Generation quality.

I'm seriously considering the purchase of a Colt 3rd generation Peacemaker but I've read that some of the early ones had quality problems with frame to grip strap mismatch and over zealous buffing that rounded off corners that should have remained square. Is there a certain range of manufacturing dates where these problems occured?
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Old March 5, 2013, 02:41 PM   #2
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I hope not the very new ones, cuz I just ordered one
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Old March 5, 2013, 03:03 PM   #3
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I have had one on order for over a year
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Old March 5, 2013, 03:14 PM   #4
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That is not encouraging

Where did you order yours?

I ordered mine from Grant Boys in Orange County.
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Old March 5, 2013, 06:58 PM   #5
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Some 3rd Gens have a bad or mixed rep--IIRC some mid (80s?) production deservedly so...Since some folks' experience hs been perfectly fine and you could luck out, to me there's still enough caution to suggest buy in person if you can or from someone with a refund policy. From mid 2003 or so (I don't recall the serial #), Colt reintroduced the removeable cylinder bushing present in all 1st and 2nd Gen SAAs (1873-1975) which also seemed to coincide with a re-dedication to overall quality. Though some, including Colt, protest the term as "the bushing alone doesn't signify enough of a design or manufacturing change to warrant a new generation," others including myself informally call these "4th Gens." My 2008/9 is outstanding and right up there IMO with most 2nd Gens I've handled.

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Old March 5, 2013, 09:20 PM   #6
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I have three and they are simply marvelous. I did have to send one back for a firing pin problem but they fixed it and it is all good now. I love them.
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The ones they are making now are top notch.
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