c1876 COLT .45 SINGLE ACTION ARMY Black Powder Frame SAA Wild West Antique
EARLY PRODUCTION SAA Manufactured in 1876
Here we present an antique Colt Black Powder Frame Single Action Army Revolver, manufactured in 1876 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.
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 fair. Heavy use and weathering apparent. The numbers on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, and grip frame match, though the number on the cylinder does not. The barrel was shortened during the period to 4 ¾”. The ejection rod assembly is a replacement. The action (hammer/trigger) is functional: the hammer has good spring tension, it holds all positions firmly; the cylinder does lockup well though the hand spring is a bit weak, so the cylinder will index when pointed down but not when the gun is held horizontally or pointed up. The bore is patinated and worn. The grips are replacements that don’t fit to the frame well but do not slide around. Overall a worn, early Colt SAA.
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Barrel is 4-3/4 inches.
Caliber: .45 Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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