EARLY 1873 mfr Antique COLT 45 SINGLE ACTION ARMY Revolver IVORY NICKEL SAA
Rare, 1st Year 4-Digit Serial Number SAA in .45 Colt!
Here we present a Very Early Production Antique Colt Black Powder Frame Single Action Army Revolver in .45, manufactured in 1874 in Hartford, Connecticut. This SAA has a 4-digit serial number with numbers matching throughout. It wears an old nickel finish with a very dark plum patina showing through. The grip is ivory. This would have been a 7-1/2 inch barreled gun from the factory and it was cut to 5-inches at some point, and had both a front and rear dovetail cut for better/adjustable sights. The front sight remains, while the other was removed or knocked out. There is still the groove sight on the top of the frame and that would still suffice. The front sight blade is of brass and worn down to a nubbin. The initials “W.M.C.” are neatly scratched into the bottom of the grip frame. This was clearly a well-used and beloved companion, and though not factory original, it is a great showcase of how these working guns were modified, customized, decorated, or even rigged to keep working in the late-19th Century.
Two line patent address. There is a “0” mark on both the trigger guard and the loading gate. This one has a letter from Colt stating that there is no record found for this serial number. This is not uncommon. Per Graham, Kopec, and Moore in A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, records for guns under 30600 are incomplete.
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 fine. Period nickel finish. Excellent action, solid lockup and indexing. Nice bore with good rifling. Solid antique ivory grips. “W.M.C.” is hand engraved on the butt. Numbers match (grip, trigger guard, frame, cylinder, barrel). The arbor pin screw is absent but the pin itself stays in the gun nicely. This is a truly early Single Action Army Colt that is an absolute treasure!
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Barrel is 5-1/8 inches.
Caliber: .45 Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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