COLT SAA 3RD GENERATION IN .45 LONG COLT & 7 1/2 INCH BARREL. FACTORY ENGRAVED -- "COMPLETE COVERAGE", LEVEL D. FACTORY LETTER. NEW IN CASE.
WOW! A gorgeous, factory engraved, Colt 3RD Generation SAA .45 revolver with 71/2 inch barrel‼. The Colt Custom Shop engraved this beautiful SAA with Class D engraving, defined by Colt as “complete coverage”, and finished it with blue and vivid case colors.
According to the factory letter dated December 3, 2013, this revolver was shipped as a single Colt SAA on June 14, 1978 to Oshman's Sporting Goods in Houston, Texas. The letter confirms the "D" level standard scroll engraving, finish, caliber, and barrel length.
The scroll engraving patterns cover nearly all of the metal surfaces including inside the cylinder flutes and the sides of the front sight. Only some small sections of the barrel, a portion of the front strap, the trigger, the hammer, and the screws are not engraved.
The revolver has the standard SAA markings including matching serial numbers, and "COLT ENG." is on the left side of the front strap near the bottom. The grips are the black Rampant Colt and Federal Eagle emblem version. The revolver comes in a hardwood case with blue velvet lined interior fitted to the gun. Additionally, the original maroon and gold factory box, hand numbered to the gun accompanies this collector’s Colt.
Less than 1/4 of the factory engraved Third Generation SAAs feature "D" grade engraving based on the estimates discussed in Don Wilkerson’s "The Post-War Colt Single Action Revolver, 1976-1986".
This Colt is New, with a very faint turn line on portions of the cylinder. The wooden case is excellent with some minor storage/handling marks and the cardboard and styrofoam box is very good with some edge wear.
This is a wonderful Colt collectible and a worthy investment.