Bought a USFA Gunslinger because I wanted a 4 3/4" barrel and it was one of only a few available. (Great gun, but historically a mess. 58,XXX S/N with 3-line patent dates on a cross-pin frame. I coulda cried.) Anyway, I expected a 2-line address, and I got one, but the font is an odd sans serif style that I didn't expect. I can't find a photo anywhere of a Colt 2-line barrel address to see what it's SUPPOSED to look like. Any clues, Colt guys? (And if I get the experts' attention here, I have a few burning questions
- when was the rampant pony added to the frame?
- the transition from the 3-line, 3-date patent to the 2-line, 3-date patent stamp preceded the cross-pinned frame, but at approx what S/N?
- when, if ever (what years), did Colt stamp 45 CAL on the trigger bow of early 1st gens?
- finally, what year(s) would a 23,XXX SAA have been made in?
Thanks very much.