c1883 mfr. Antique U.S. CAVALRY Model COLT Single Action Army Revolver SAA
Iconic COLT .45 Military Sidearm
Here we present an antique Colt Cavalry Model Single Action Army Revolver, manufactured in 1883 in Hartford, Connecticut. 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 Colt Single Action Army “Cavalry” Revolver features the 7-1/2 inch barrel of the cavalry model and it was inspected by David F. Clark. His initials may be observed on the bottom of the barrel and frame. Single letter sub-inspector “G” is also found throughout. The left side of the frame was stamped “U.S.” as the final acceptance mark. The top of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT.F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.” The left side of the frame is marked with patent dates in the years 1871, 1872 and 1875, along with the U.S. marking. It has a blade front and frame notch rear sights, fitted with a smooth one-piece walnut grip with an inspector cartouche on both sides of the grip below the date of “1883” on the left. The serial number is “95838” and all numbers match. A factory letter states the revolver was sold to the U.S. government and delivered to the U.S. government inspector at the Colt Plant on July 27, 1883. Also confirmed is the serial number, caliber, and bluing.
The overall condition is good. Old refinish. Strong action all around that has all 4 clicks and holds all the notches. The bore is in good shape with decent rifling. The grip is in good shape; lightly refinished with a retraced cartouche on each side. Numbers match. The cylinder arbor pin and screw are replacements. Two uniform hash marks are present in front of the ejector rod on the barrel.
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Barrel is 7-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .45 Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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