1905 COLT “Bisley Model” Revolver in Rare .38 COLT
SAA Made in 1905 in Hartford
Here we present a Colt Bisley Model Single Action Army Revolver in .38 COLT, made in 1905 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 variant is characterized by a more curvaceous grip frame and lower hammer spur, allowing for a higher purchase on the revolver. The left side of the frame, underneath the cylinder is marked “PAT. SEPT.19. 1871./ JULY 2.72.JAN.1875.” The left side of the barrel is marked “BISLEY MODEL .38 COLT”. Only 412 out of 44,350 Colt Bisley Revolvers were chambered for this round. The top of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A.MFG.CO HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.”
The overall condition is good. The metal surfaces bear about 15% of the original blue finish on the barrel and in the cylinder notches. The remainder have a gray patina. The markings are clear and legible. The numbers match. The trademarked hard rubber grips are in great shape. The bore is in good condition, clean with strong rifling. The action on this revolver is excellent.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 5-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .38 Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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