SOLD FOR: $1,250.00
Make: U.S. Patent Firearms (USFA)
Model: Reproduction Single Action Army, Black Powder Frame
Serial Number: 20208
Year of Manufacture: Modern
Caliber: .45 Colt in one cylinder, .45 ACP in the other
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “45 COLT”, the top is marked “-U.S. PT. F. A. MFG. Co HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A.-“. The left of the frame is marked “PAT. SEPT. 19. 1871 / PAT. JULY. 2. 1872”. the bottom of the frame is marked with the serial number “20208” in front of the trigger guard, found again on the bottom of the trigger guard. The butt is marked “20 / 208”. The left of the trigger guard is marked “45 CAL” The rear face of the loading gate, the rear of the frame under the left grip panel and the left of each portion of the grip frame are marked with assembly number “530”. The backstrap inlet on the grip has “353” in black marker. The rear face of each cylinder is marked “208”.
Barrel Length: 7 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter round blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “V”-notch in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a one-piece smooth walnut. There is what appears to be a small chip repair on the bottom-right toward the rear, though this may simply be pooled finish and there are a few scattered minor marks. There are no cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good-Fine condition as possibly not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 96% of its metal finish. The barrel has only a few scattered minor marks. The frame has finish wear on the left of the topstrap around a tiny nick and there are odd lines in the left flat as though a clear-coat were applied over the surface. The .45 Colt cylinder has a barely visible turn-line, not through the finish but does show some other scattered minor turn-wear with the .45 ACP cylinder in much the same condition, though the .45 ACP cylinder has a couple of spots of light marring on the front face on the outside of one chamber and a spot of marring on the edge of the bushing’s gas-check. The trigger guard assembly has a very slight plum hue with the backstrap having a more notable but still slight plum hue. The sides of the hammer have light operational wear. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. Cylinder lockup produces almost no play on each chamber. The trigger is crisp. The hammer has a safety-bar mounted on the front face with the frame cut for the bar in the hammer slot. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a two-piece black cardboard USFA box with model-matching label (not serial marked), green canvas sleeve, and additional two-piece black cardboard box for the extra cylinder. The box has scattered minor storage wear, mostly at corners, in about Fine condition. The sleeve and other box are in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: Colt’s Model 1873, the Single Action Army, is the “gun that won the west”, perhaps the most iconic handgun of all time. For nearly 150 years, the gun has been produced in a variety of configurations, finishes and calibers. The USFA reproductions are considered the absolute closest to a Colt you can get without a pony on the side. This example was assembled and fit by USFA using some Uberti parts, sometimes referred to by USFA collectors as a “Parts Gun”. The barrel appears to be all USFA, but the frame and hammer appear to be Uberti made, though fit by USFA. The gun is in about Fine condition with 96% of its metal finish, a great bore and strong mechanics. Even better, it comes with an additional cylinder so you can shoot the traditional .45 Colt cartridge or share .45 ACP with your 1911! The pistol comes in what appears to be its original box and is ready to his the range. That said, USFA is no longer in business, making these high quality revolvers not only less common than real Colts, but becoming more scarce every day. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This single action revolver CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California but CANNOT be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. This does not apply to out of state residents.