Antique COLT ARTILLERY U.S. Model SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45 Caliber Revolver
BLACK POWDER FRAME From Spanish-American War Period!
Here we present an antique Colt Single Action Army Revolver Artillery Model, with the black powder frame made in 1874. The Colt Single Action Army, or SAA, is a classic “six shooter” that is a worldwide icon of the United States of America and the Western Frontier. Wielded by both the worst of men and the best, the famous Single Action Army is also well-known as the Peacemaker. Introduced in 1873, the basic design remained, with a few interruptions, in production and is still manufactured today by Colt and other companies.
The Artillery or Springfield Armory Model of the SAA is a period (1895-1903) armory or factory refinished gun to extend U.S. military service. Only about 17,000 of these refurbished guns were completed. In all but the rarest variant of the already rare Artillery Model, the serial numbers will be mixed. U.S. military purchased SAAs are among the most sought after historic sidearms of the era, having been used in action in the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War by the U.S. Army. They were originally issued with 7½” barrels in .45 Colt. Most of these guns, as this one is, had the barrels shortened to 5½”.
The left side of the frame is marked “US”. In addition, both the cylinder and the barrel are “P” proofed and the cylinder has the Ainsworth “A”, while the barrel bears the initials of John T. Cleveland. The left grip has what appears to be the initials “WG” hand carved at the bottom, and the right grip has a single large notch. The numbers on this Artillery do not match as it was arsenal refurbished in the late 19th Century for further service into the 20th Century.
The overall condition is very good. The action is strong. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. Here is a US marked Colt Single Action Army Artillery Model that’s in good shape with history from the Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War & beyond!
This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 5-1/2 inch.
Caliber: .45 Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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