1882 Antique COLT FRONTIER SIX-SHOOTER 44-40 WCF SAA Single Action Revolver
Black Powder Frame Single Action Army .44-40 WCF Colt 6-Shooter!
Here we present an antique Colt Frontier Six-Shooter Revolver in .44-40 WCF, manufactured in 1882 in Hartford, Connecticut. The Colt Frontier, or Frontier Six-Shooter was Colt’s 1873 “Model P” type revolver manufactured in .44-40 Winchester caliber instead of .45 so that it was compatible with Winchester’s Model 1873 ammunition. Production began in 1877. “Colt Frontier Six-Shooter” was the actual name of the Colt pistol model, and this was acid-etched on the left side of the barrel. After 1889, the legend was roll-stamped until 1919, when the caliber designation “.44-40” was added. These revolvers made excellent companions to rifles at the time as they were chambered for the same ammunition, meaning that the user only had to keep one type to feed both guns.
Though Colt enjoyed the largest contracts of any handgun maker during the American Civil War, it had to rely on its array of percussion fired revolvers, namely the 1860 Army until the Smith & Wesson owned Rollin White Patent expired in 1869. This enabled them to begin making revolvers with completely bored through cylinder chambers in order to utilize modern metallic cartridge ammunition in the most effective manner. In 1869, Colt began development of a suitable cartridge revolver in earnest, first coming out with a number of conversions for their percussion lines, until 1872 when they debuted what was to become the Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army in the 1872 U.S. Trials. Needless to say, it won, and became the Army’s revolver of choice. It also became the sidearm of choice for many others like cowboys, guards, lawmen, crooks, shopkeepers and all manner of civilians.
The overall condition is good. It bears traces of a very old nickel finish. The action (hammer/trigger) are strong. The cylinder timing is a bit intermittent, sometimes hitting the next chamber and locking up and sometimes overshooting it. The walnut grip is a replacement and it is slightly shy to the grip frame. The bore is dim with good rifling. The front sight is an old replacement.
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Barrel is 7-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .44-40 Winchester Center Fire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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