Make: Colt’s PT. F.A. MFG. Co.
Model: Single Action Army, Late 1st Generation
Serial Number: 355979
Year of Manufacture: 1937
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: 6-Shot, Single Action Revolver with Side Loading-Gate Cylinder
Markings: The right of the barrel is marked "COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY 45", the top is marked "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A." The left side of the frame is marked “PAT. SEPT. 19. 1871. / JULY. 2. 72. JAN. 19. 75.“ with the Rampant Colt, the underside has the serial number, found again on the right side of the grip straps with the panels removed; the inside of the panels are hand scratched with the serial number. The loading gate is marked "692", seen again on the right rear flat of the frame. The left side of the trigger guard bow is marked "4" over "VP". The rear of the cylinder is marked "79". The grip panels have the Rampant Colt logo in oval. The hammer cut is marked "F".
Barrel Length: 7 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter round blade, fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch sitting before a "U" groove milled into the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are black hard rubber stocks with the Rampant Colt logo in oval. The panels have a small amount of rubbing, they certainly do not have any notable damages and have nice fit to the grip frame. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Colored
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 90% of its metal finish. The frame has beautiful case coloring, the brightest spots are under the loading gate, on the loading gate and within the frame, the exposed areas still have enough to catch one's eye instantly. A few dark surface spots have developed on the flanks of the frame and on the blue components. The majority are on the grip straps from handling, some areas have developed frosting. The barrel and ejector rod housing have rubbing and shallow scrapes, thinning is seen on the front sight and at the muzzle with a small ding on the front of the ejector housing. The flanks of the hammer are in the white and only have a few tiny specks of patina. The cylinder has thinning at the flutes and a defined, but shallow drag line; a few spots of frosting are seen on the circumference. The screws have strait slots, the markings are crisp and clear. Overall, this handguns rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions as designed and the cylinder produces nominal side to side movement with no measurable back play in full lockup of all 6 chambers. We did not fire this handgun. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a 16x7 1/2x2 3/4" walnut display case , the left hing is broken, though a replacement could be found at a hardware store. The bottom of the case has a Replica Products of West Virginia sticker, the case is older than a couple of decades at most, it has two small holes, we believe to have housed a brass display plate, which is not provided. The interior has a red velvet lining and anti-rust packet. The case is in Fine condition.
Our Assessment: From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colt_Single_Action_Army "The Colt Single Action Army which is also known as the Single Action Army, SAA, Model P, Peacemaker, M1873, and Colt .45 is a single-action revolver with a revolving cylinder holding six metallic cartridges. It was designed for the U.S. government service revolver trials of 1872 by Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company – today's Colt's Manufacturing Company – and was adopted as the standard military service revolver until 1892. The Colt SAA has been offered in over 30 different calibers and various barrel lengths. Its overall appearance has remained consistent since 1873. Colt has discontinued its production twice, but brought it back due to popular demand. The revolver was popular with ranchers, lawmen, and outlaws alike, but as of the early 21st century, models are mostly bought by collectors and re-enactors. Its design has influenced the production of numerous other models from other companies. The Colt SAA revolver is a famous piece of Americana, known as "The Gun That Won the West". This is a 1937 Single Action Army with a 7 1/2" barrel. The case coloring is still fierce, the bluing deep and the stocks free of harm. We always take a close look at pistols from this era in such high condition, this one checks out in every way and is due to be a coveted addition to your pre-WWII Colt collection. The strong bore gives it enough power to take large game with a well placed shot, but it may be destined to be a safe queen. Good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible handgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California and CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns sold to a California resident must be DROS'd. This does not apply to out of state residents.
LSB#: 170203JM21 Make: Colt’s PT. F.A. MFG. Co. Model: Single Action Army, Late 1st Generation Serial Number: 355979 Year of Manufacture: 1937 Caliber: .45 C
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