SALT LAKE Antique COLT Black Powder SAA Revolver
.38 Colt Shipped to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1889
Here we present an antique Colt Single Action Army Revolver in .38 Colt, made in 1889 in Hartford, Connecticut. According to the accompanying factory letter, it was shipped along with one other revolver to Salt Lake Hardware, Co. in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 21, 1889. 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 overall condition is good. The metal surfaces have a smooth, gray patina. The markings are clear and legible. The trademarked hard rubber grips are in good shape though the escutcheon on the left has fallen through. The bore is in great shape with strong rifling. The action on this revolver is excellent. Here is one that went West in 1889!
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Barrel is 4-3/4 inches.
Caliber: .38 Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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