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Old February 23, 2011, 03:41 PM   #1
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Black Powder SAA Colt

What are some of the features that differentiate an early "Black Powder" frame SAA COlt from the more modern design?
I jnow there was a screw through the front of the frame to hold the cylinder pin and there was a Bullseye? shape on the ejector? And also some sort of difference in the flutes on the cylinder. In any event could some of you tell me all the features on the 1873 or early type SAA Colts? And.....what is a good replica? Thanks.
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Old February 23, 2011, 03:59 PM   #2
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You've pretty much hit the differences.

I've got a Cimarron Model P which is, as far as I can tell, an Uberti Cattleman. It's pretty much as faithful a reproduction of a "black powder" frame as I've ever seen.

BTW, the black powder and smokeless names are misnomers. They were all "black powder" frames until 1900. But there's enough of a difference that I guess you've got to call them something.
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Old February 23, 2011, 05:20 PM   #3
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I believe that Cimarron offers both types. I have the "old style" Artillery model Their web site discusses the two styles. I am very happy with my Cimarron Artillery .45 colt. It is very true to the original.
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Old February 23, 2011, 11:56 PM   #4
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Hello, bighead46. Concerning the bullseye ejector head..Colt changed over to the more streamlined cresent shape around 1880...Still very much in the black powder time frame. But strangly, on the Lightning and Thunderers, which were made well into the 20th century..they retained the bullseye.
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