Antique U.S. ARTILLERY Colt SAA .45 Revolver
Frame Inspected by Henry Nettleton 1879
Here we present an antique Colt Single Action Army Revolver “Artillery Model”. The Artillery or Springfield Armory Model of the SAA is one of the most interesting of the Colt SAAs. This is revolver that was originally manufactured by Colt in 1879 in Hartford, Connecticut, inspected by the Ordnance Department inspector, shipped and issued to the cavalry. 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 specimen has the “U.S.” property mark on its frame. The numbers are mixed and various government inspector marks are found throughout, most notably those of Henry Nettleton when he inspected the frame in 1879. The trigger guard’s serial dates to 1885. Two “G” inspector marks are most prominent. The walnut grips have been heavily tapered to fit the user’s hand. The grip is quite smooth from use and weather.
The overall condition is very good. A nickel finish was applied long ago and is about 75% intact. The markings are legible. The walnut grip shows wear but is solid. The action is strong. Here is a very neat antique Colt that saw use into the 20th Century!
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Barrel is 5-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .45 Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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