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Old 04-22-2018, 3:21 PM
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Default Colt SAA gen 3 cylinder slop when locking.

Not sure if this is the correct section for this but Iíll post here and if incorrect please let me know.

I just picked up an unfired and un turned new in box authentic colt gen 3 saa .45. (On consignment)

To make a long store short - after getting it home and removing the stupid zip tie from the cylinder, I checked the cylinder and it does not lock tight at all. You can shake the gun and here it rattle. Not front to back - thatís fine. In full cock itís slightly tighter but not what i expected, and for the amount I spent Iím pretty upset at myself for not demanding to check this before I spent so much cash. ( Iím not pissed at the gun shop at all just myself). My Rugers are all very tight and this seems wrong.

Should I call Colt or is there a good colt knowledgeable gunsmith near livermore area? If you are one I can send a video of it.

I plan to shoot this and donít want a safe queen even if it does kill the value.

Appreciate anyoneís input.
(No negative trolls please)

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Old 04-22-2018, 3:35 PM
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Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe the only true telling of “slop” is with the hammer down and trigger pulled. How is the slop if you dry fire and leave the trigger pulled?
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Old 04-22-2018, 10:10 PM
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It rattles left to right with hammer down trigger pulled.
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Old 04-23-2018, 3:48 AM
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That’s a bummer, my greatest fear when buying a revolver with hammer zip tied. As to the smith, I wish I could help. It can be hard to find a good Colt revolver smith.
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Old 04-23-2018, 3:50 AM
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It should be locked at full cock if it indeed rattles send it to Colt.
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Old 04-23-2018, 7:07 AM
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Thatís a bummer, my greatest fear when buying a revolver with hammer zip tied. As to the smith, I wish I could help. It can be hard to find a good Colt revolver smith.
Would not buy if seller/shop would not remove zip tie for a seriously interested buyer (cash in hand, intent to purchase). For the lookie loos just eye shopping, I can see not removing the zip tie.
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Old 04-23-2018, 7:28 AM
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Thanks everyone. Called colt and itís heading to Connecticut later this week. Lesson learned . On a good note itís a beautiful pistol.
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In my experience, Colt has had some pretty sloppy fitting on some Third Gen. SAAs---don't get me wrong, I own two .44 Special Third Gens. that are very nicely fitted, and after a slight turning of the barrel on each, shoot right to point of aim with my favorite 240 grain LSWC reloads. But I've examined several SAAs that were simply unacceptable, especially for such a high priced revolver---cylinders that didn't lock-up solid---cylinders that would slide back and forth with a loud clunk, etc. Colt has to do better to stay in business...
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