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Old 04-08-2016, 06:38 AM   #1
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Colt SAA wood grips

Howdy, a question for single action folks. Back in 1972, (seems like yesterday) I got a Colt SAA in .45 Colt caliber. It has plain walnut wood grips that the original owner said were an extra cost option. Stumbling around on the infamous internet I read a conversation involving a number of posters discussing the same topic of factory wooden grips on SAAs and one person stated that wooden grips were only on the original Army issued guns, all others had the hard rubber grips. Another poster said that hard rubber was not available until up in the early 1900s and all SAAs had the wooden grips until then. My SAA was made in 1958 and I am wondering if my wooden grips are, in fact, a higher cost factory option during the 1958 period. Thanks for any help.
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Old 04-08-2016, 08:15 AM   #2
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I did some Googling on this out of curiosity. The consensus I got was that walnut and hard rubber were available from the beginning in 1873, and that some were even shipped with ivory or stag grips, special order. Originally, all the Army ordered guns had walnut, but it was also available to anybody.

The complication is the design of each grip over the years. Especially the rubber, which were made with and without eagles, and had different styles of checkering. Also whether the grip is one piece or two piece. All the differences could apparently fill a book.

There were some mentions of grips having the gun's serial on the inside, but not sure if this was always done.

I did find a great series of 12 articles about the history of Colt SA handguns:

http://americanhandgunner.com/genesi...action-series/

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These grips have enough difference in the grain that they are definitely two piece grips. On the inside of each grip is a penciled number "590", which does not relate to the serial number but could be a tracking number like S&W has on the inside of the yoke on their revolvers. I tend to believe the extra cost option part of the story. They are nice looking on the gun. Thanks for the help and I will check out the link you posted, bearcatter. By the way, the name of my high school football team was BEARCATS.
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