Antique COLT Black Powder SAA ARTILLERY Revolver
U.S. Single Action Army Frame Made 1874
Here we present an antique Black Powder Frame U.S. Artillery Model Colt Single Action Army Revolver. The frame was made in 1874. The latest serial number comes from 1891. The Artillery or Springfield Armory Model of the SAA is one of the most interesting of the Colt SAAs. This is a revolver that was originally manufactured by Colt in 1874 in Hartford, Connecticut, inspected by the Ordnance Department inspector, shipped and issued to the cavalry. This revolver comes with a J.I Pittman flap holster. After a period in the service, it was then shipped back to either Colt or Springfield Armory for a complete re-haul to make it serviceable for the field yet again (c.1895-1903). This included cutting the barrel to 5-1/2 inches. Only about 17,000 of these re-armored guns were completed. In all but the rarest variant of the already scarce Artillery Model, the serial numbers will be mixed as various worn out parts were replaced by those of varying number. Many of these saw action in the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War and who knows what they had seen before or after that period. They are a fantastic piece of history.
This Colt SAA Artillery comes in a very nice flap holster marked “MADE BY/J.I. PITTMAN/N-Y”. 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, underneath the cylinder, is marked “PAT.SEPT.19.1871/PAT.JULY.2.1872”.
The overall condition is good. Traces of the original blue finish remain. The markings are clear and legible. The grips are in good shape. The bore is in good shape with some light spotting and good rifling. The action on this revolver is strong. Holster is in very good condition.
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Barrel is 5-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .45 Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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