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Offline willy

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Barrel markings?
« on: June 06, 2020, 09:54:28 am »
Got a used SAA barrel,,,And noticed that the Colt address on the barrel is smaller print than all my other colt barrels,,Don't know how old the barrel is ,,but I know it was made after 1929 because it has the COLT  SINGLE  ACTION  ARMY  45  on the side.
So I was wondering,, did Colt ever use a different size print for the barrel address ?..Or did I buy a fake Colt barrel?

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Re: Barrel markings?
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2020, 12:00:08 pm »
There were several different styles of barrel marking depending on year of manufacture.  For a post 1929 pistol the SN should be 352401 or higher.  Also a lot of 1st Gen Colts were re barreled post WWII with NOS Colt barrels or 2nd Gen barrels after 1955. 
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Re: Barrel markings?
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2020, 11:30:56 am »
Not everything is a fake because 'you' haven't seen it before...

From your description, it sounds like a factory replacement barrel - a 'very' common thing when the .32-20 and .38-40 barrels ran out (along with the other calibers) and only .45 was left.

Guys rechambered, and happily went on their way with a larger caliber and easier to obtain ammunition.

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