1906 Lettered COLT Bisley SINGLE ACTION ARMY .38-40 WCF C&R Revolver SAA
SAINT LOUIS SHIPPED to SIMMONS HARDWARE in 1906!
Here we present a Colt Bisley Model Single Action Army Revolver in .38-40 WCF, manufactured in Hartford, Connecticut in 1906. 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’s 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.
This is an example of the Bisley variant of the Colt Single Action Army revolver. The primary differences were a lower hammer spur and a more curvaceous grip frame. These were optimized toward target shooting but many general users and shooters who were not simply target shooters preferred them as well.
The included factory letter confirms the current caliber, barrel length, and finish when it was shipped to Simmons Hardware Company of St, Louis, MO, on September 27, 1906.
The overall condition is fine. Original blue finish and case colors. The action is strong and tight all the way around. The bore is bright but does contain a spot of light pitting toward the top middle. Both grips are firm in fine shape. The right grip has two uniform hash marks are the bottom and the left has a combined “VD”. The numbers match. This Colt Bisley would make a great addition to your collection, made in 1906!
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 5-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .38-40 WCF
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Guaranteed AUTHENTIC & Includes CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY.