1912 COLT Single Action Army Revolver .45 Revolver SAA 1st Generation C&R
w DOUBLE LOOP Von Lengerke & Antoinne HOLSTER!
Here we present a First Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver in .45 Long Colt, manufactured in 1912 in Hartford, Connecticut. The Colt “Peacemaker” was introduced in 1873 and has become one of the most iconic firearms in all of history, thanks to its widespread use by the U.S. military, civilians and, more recently, in Western films. Total production numbers for the “First Generation” (c. 1873-1940) Colt Single Action Army reached 357,859. These continued to be relied upon as well as “hot-rodded” by the likes of Elmer Keith, Skeeter Skelton, many other lawmen and gun writers of the time.
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.
This revolver comes with a holster marked V.L. &A./Chicago, which stands for Von Lengerke & Antoinne, which was formed in early 1891 and quickly became a very prominent sporting goods retailer in downtown Chicago. Their products were from the finest manufacturers and appealed to an upscale clientele.
The overall condition is very fine. Lovely blue finish and case colors. The action is as strong as ever. The bore is bright throughout with sharp rifling. The barrel was replaced sometime post-war. Both grips are firm and the repair on the rear of the left panel is stable. The case-colored frame with blued barrel and trigger guard makes this a truly standout piece! The numbers match. This example includes a dark leather, tack decorated, and hand tooled holster stamped “V.L. & A./CHICAGO”. On the underside of the holster “G 1344/5” can be read. This is a fantastic 1st Generation Colt Single Action Army with an original leather double loop rig from a very recognizable retailer in Chicago!
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 5-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .45 Long Colt
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.
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