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I think this is a 1910 1st generation colt .45. The serial number is 313109. Does anyone have any idea of the value?
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That might be one a Colt letter would be of great benefit.
 

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I agree.

Not only do the screwholes look dished, but most of the pony appears to be polished away.
 
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I'm far from an expert guys, but along with the signs of buffing, shouldn't the hammer and trigger be color cased on an original finish?
 
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If it was originally blued, yes Griz. If the original, factory finish was nickel I don't know. I'm inclined to agree that's an after market nickel finish which was why I suggested a Colt letter. Regardless it's still a fairly valuable SAA.
 
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If it was originally blued, yes Griz. If the original, factory finish was nickel I don't know. I'm inclined to agree that's an after market nickel finish which was why I suggested a Colt letter. Regardless it's still a fairly valuable SAA.
I'm in the same boat as you, I don't know about Colt factory nickel plating, it just seemed odd to me that the hammer and trigger aren't color cased, many other manufacturers of the day didn't plate those parts.
 
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I've never gotten a Colt Factory Letter myself (I should!), but I'm thinking that it might just describe the finish as it was shipped. In any event, a factory letter would be really nice to have to go along with the revolver. I agree with Alpo on the "Rampant Colt" being pretty light, but I have had original non re-finished Colts with a light stamping like that. I'm thinking this gun has been refinished, but it is still a nice revolver and will fetch a decent value.
 
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