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Old November 15, 2006, 10:31 PM   #1
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.45 Colt Single Action Army Revolver

I just received a .45 Colt Single Action Army Revolver as a gift from someone who knew I grew up shooting .45 revolvers, it's a beautiful new reproduction of the old classic and I do plan on shooting it. Any thoughts or ideas on this firearm?
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Old November 17, 2006, 10:54 AM   #2
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Well its probably the finest gun ever made. Do you have any ideas about it?
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Old November 22, 2006, 11:26 PM   #3
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Who made it?

Authentic repro's require you keep the chamber under the hammer EMPTY at all times. Unless the gun in question has a transfer bar safety only keep five rounds in it.
As much as the 1873 is a Classic it has its flaws. The aforementioned is the most important. Springs are the flat variety and lack the durability of the Ruger type coil springs.
Ammo is rather expensive so you might want to handload if you like to shoot a lot.
They are fun to shoot. Something about that heavy, lead slug, loafing along and its ability to put the smack on target that is quite pleasing and addictive.
Consider getting a Winchester clone of their 1892 carbine as a companion piece in the same caliber. Rossi makes them and they are sold by several distributers. Mine is a Legacy Puma and has annoying safety on top of the reciever. I'm told that others may not have that. Check around.
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Old November 23, 2006, 11:28 AM   #4
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This is United States firearms best shot at reproducing the SA Colt as it was made from 1920-40- the period that many enthusiasts consider the best for quality control and such. Article:
It is expensive like a current colt but many believe the quality to be higher. When this was written I had not quite figured out the optimum trigger finger placement and was having to hold high and left to compensate. Now, I find it very usefully accurate for bumming around and shooting small game

I ordered spare springs and hand and bolt out of respect for the tendency of them to fatique and break.

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Old November 27, 2006, 08:59 AM   #5
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thanks for the good info + holster question

Great pictures! Colt made my pistol (in answer to another question) and I really appreciate emphasizing the advice to leave one chamber empty (also says this in the manual). Any thoughts on a good holster for this model?
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Old November 27, 2006, 09:23 AM   #6
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Cowboys got good taste. (Don't mean they taste good, this ain't Charlie the Tuna.) Look at the sites of the Leather Goods vendors at
There are others, but you can probably find something to suit you here.
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Old November 27, 2006, 10:27 AM   #7
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One thing you will want to do is loctite the screws down on your gun. The SAA is notorious for having the screws back out. If the screw that retains the ejector rod assembly comes out you will never find it. Don't ask me how I know. Just back out the screws a turn or so and apply blue loctite.

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