c1885 mfr. Antique US CAVALRY Model COLT SAA Revolver DAVID F. CLARK .45 LC
Iconic Colt Single Action Army
Here we present an antique Colt Cavalry Model Single Action Army Revolver, manufactured in 1885 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 particular Colt Single Action Army 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, within the cartouche on the right side of the grip and on the bottom of the grip. Single letter sub-inspector marks are 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 a crisp “FH” (Capt. Frank Heath) inspector cartouche on the left side below the date of “1885” and “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector cartouche on the right side.
These revolvers saw the end of the Indian Wars as well as the Spanish American & Philippine American Wars. This one appears to have been issued to the New York state militia and was returned to Ordnance in November of 1903.
The overall condition is fine. Beautifully refinished. Excellent action with 4 clicks and strong safety- and half-cock notches. Bright, sharply rifled bore. The cylinder and the grip frame have been numbered to match the rest of the gun. Solid walnut grip with a cartouche on each side.
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Barrel is 7-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .45 Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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