1878 Antique COLT Black Powder Frame SAA Revolver
With Stag Grips & Nice Case
Here we present an antique Colt Black Powder Frame Single Action Army Revolver, manufactured in circa 1878 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’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.
The top of the barrel reads “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.” The left side of the frame is marked “PAT.SEPT.19.1871/ PAT,JULY.2.1878/PAT.JAN.19.1875”. This revolver comes in a nicely made, fitted case with burgundy lining and room for cartridges. It also comes with an extra set of hard rubber grips.
The overall condition is good. The metal surfaces bear a gray patina with scattered roughness. The markings are legible. The serial numbers match. The stag grips are in great shape. The bore is in good shape. The action on this revolver is crisp. The cylinder notches are worn and the cylinder no longer locks up tight. Nevertheless, this revolver has the look of the Old West and would look handsome with some cartridges on display.
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Barrel is 5-3/8 inches.
Caliber: .45 Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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