SOLD FOR: $2,375.00
Please note: This revolver comes with a skeleton stock. It is a modern manufactured revolver and the barrel is shorter than 16″. It is not legal to install the stock on this revolver, it is for display only. It is your responsibility to ensure that you follow your local, state and federal laws.
Make: U.S. Patent Firearms (USFA)
Model: Reproduction Buntline Special Single Action Army, Black Powder Frame
Serial Number: EARP1
Year of Manufacture: Ca. 1999
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “-U.S. 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 “EARP1” in front of the trigger guard, found again on the bottom of the trigger guard, the butt and on the front face of the skeleton stock in front of the adjustment knob. 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 “591”. The backstrap inlet on the grip has “591” in black marker. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “E A R P 1”.
Barrel Length: 10”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass blade slotted to a base dovetailed to the barrel. The rear sight is a folding ladder sight. The rear sight presents a “V”-notch when down but can be folded up to present an aperture on a slider in the ladder sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a one-piece smooth walnut. There are only a few scattered minor marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: We contacted Turnbull Restoration Co. and they informed us that they case-colored and charcoal blued this revolver in December of 1999. The finish is original to Turnbull.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is a spot of light scuffing on the backstrap, there are a few scattered minor marks, and the cylinder has a hint of a turn mark with only tiny spots through the finish. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. Cylinder lockup produces almost no play on each chamber. The trigger is crisp. 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 wood display case with brass plate on the lid marked “To Wyatt Earp / as presented by Ned Buntline / and the citizens of Dodge City / 1878”. The case has a red velvet lined interior with compartments for the revolver, skeleton stock and oil bottle. Also included is a replacement extended hammer screw for mounting the stock (please read the note at the top of the description). The case has locks on the front which are locked but no key is provided. The bolsters which would have held the case locked have stripped their mounting screws allowing the case to open, but the screws are exposed on the tray portion at the locks when the lid is opened. The exterior of the case has scattered light compressions, scuffs and scrapes, the interior has only light wear from the contents. Overall, the case is in about Good condition and would easily rate Very Good-plus but for the locks. The skeleton stock has some scattered light wear and what appears to be surface erosion, but we suspect is simply pores from forging/casting, in about Very Good-Fine 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. The Buntline designation originally referred to any SAA with a barrel longer than the longest standard length of 7 1/2″. This example was assembled and fit by USFA using some Uberti parts, sometimes referred to by USFA collectors as a “Parts Gun” and has the very cool serial number EARP1. We have contacted Turnbull Restoration and they have confirmed that they charcoal blued and case-colored this revolver. The gun is in about Excellent condition with 97% of its metal finish, a great bore and strong mechanics. Even better, it comes with a nice display case, skeleton stock (not legal to install on the revolver) and the case has an engraved plate on the lid commemorating Wyatt Earp, one of, if not the most famous Bunline owners in history. USFA is no longer in business, making these high quality revolvers not only less common than real Colts, but becoming more scarce every day and a special production gun such as this should make a fine addition to any collection. 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.