.38-40 WCF COLT SAA PEACEMAKER Single Action Army REVOLVER 1st Gen Antique
7-1/2” .38 Winchester Made in 1898!
Here we present an antique Colt Single Action Army Revolver, manufactured in 1898 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 Colt Single Action Army reached 357,859. The production numbers for the .38 caliber reached just over 50,000, making this model the third most popular out there.
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 Single Action Army features the 7-1/2 inch barrel in .38-40, a cartridge that has been compared to modern .40 S&W as far as bullet diameter and velocity.
The overall condition is very good+. Original blue finish and gray patina. Strong action all around—all 4 clicks, tight lockup of the cylinder, crisp trigger. Bright bore with nice rifling and a spot of pitting or two. Both of the hard rubber Colt trademarked grips are firmly seated and remain in good shape. Numbers match. This is a great example of a 7-1/2 inch SAA in a great cartridge with a crisp action!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 7-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .38-40 Winchester Center Fire (WCF)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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