Spotted this at Pinto's- a Hawes Firearms Co. Western Marshal in .45 Colt with a .45 ACP cylinder, made by J.P.Sauer and Sohn in 'Western Germany.' Good condition, sweet action, excellent trigger. Price? $225. Shut up and Take My Money! These guns were made in the 1950s through the 1970s and brought into the US by a variety of importers. These were the first 1873 SAA clones, but they are not an exact copy. The cylinder and frame are a bit larger and stouter- these were offered in calibers up to .44 Magnum- and the front of the frame below the barrel has a different shape. The handle and trigger-guard are also a slightly different shape than the original. Despite this these were commonly used in TV westerns of the period because they cost a lot less than a Colt. The major assemblies were cast and some of the cost savings are obvious in the finish. For example the sides of the frame aren't flat and the edges aren't squared off. The blueing has an odd look to it, almost like the paint used on Zamac zinc-alloy frames, but the frame is steel. The grip-frame and trigger-guard appear to be aluminum, but they are made in two pieces in the style of a Colt. The two-piece grips are well-made and appear to be Cocobolo wood. The gun is an excellent shooter, and the trigger is the best I've ever felt on a stock gun. I decided to reshape the front of the frame to more closely resemble a Colt and to flatten the sides of the frame to improve it's appearance. With that done I went to re-blue it and discovered why some of the original finish looked like paint- it was paint. The steel will not take blueing. I tried to induce rust in a couple places it would not be visible. Nope. If the gun isn't stainless it's the next best thing. I suppose this is not too surprising- many stainless and near-stainless alloys are much better for casting than carbon steels. Nothing for it- I stripped the gun, refined the finish and polished it. The appearance and working qualities are very similar to some stainless steels that were commonly used for table cutlery. I don't know what this alloy is or if it is a true 'stainless,' but it is highly rust resistant, possibly more so than blued steel. Good enough for me, anyway. So, here's the reshaped and refinished gun- pretty nice for $225 and an afternoon of labor!