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One of my father's friends brought over his collection of pistols to see how old they were and I ran across this beauty. After a few hours of research I found it to be a Colt SAA, although none of them seemed to match exactly what I had. After more time spent searching I learned that it was an "Artillery Model." However, out of all the places I've been online, I've only seen them in .45, and this one is a .38 WCF.

As a matter of fact, the only place I've even heard MENTION of the .38 is in this old post on this forum from 2006.
http://www.thefirearmsforum.com/showthread.php?t=32803

Does anyone have any idea what this could be worth (at least in comparison to the .45 version?) Thank you much!



 

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I seem to see a faint outline of the "U.S." marking, but no Army contract guns were made in .38 W.C.F. (.38-40) caliber. If the gun serials to a contract gun, then, as Bill says, the barrel has been replaced and, I assume, the cylinder has also. First generation SAA's in .38-40 are fairly common, some 30 thousand having been made, but that does not appear to be one of them.

Jim
 
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