SOLD FOR: $3,001.00
Make: Freedom Arms
Model: 83, Premier Grade
Serial Number: D20587
Year of Manufacture: 1988-Present
Caliber: .45 ACP, .45 Colt and .454 Casull
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with three 5 Round Side Loading Gate Cylinders
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “FREEDOM ARMS MODEL 83 454 CASULL / FREEDOM, WYOMING U.S.A.”. The right side of the frame is marked “FREEDOM ARMS / PREMIER GRADE”. The bottom of the frame in front of the grip frame is marked “D 20587”. The rear face of the .454 cylinder is marked “20587”, the .45 Colt “45 / C” and “0587” and the .45 ACP “45 / A” and “0587”. The left of the grip frame is hand-scribed “6738-310”.
Barrel Length: 4 3/4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a replaceable serrated, ramped blade secured to a ramped base fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a flat topped square notched target sight that is screwed into the top strap and adjustable for both windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth laminate blonde wood panels. The grips show no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. The hammer and trigger show very light operational wear. The .454 and .45 Colt cylinders have faint turn-wear, mostly just outside the lead-in grooves and have light burn-rings on their front faces. The .45 ACP cylinder shows little if any sign of use. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The pin heads are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The cylinder lock-up is solid with no play on each chamber and the trigger is crisp. The trigger has a factory over-travel stop screw. The action functions correctly. The hammer has ¼ and ½ cock safety positions. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a one-piece blue cardboard Freedom Arms box with serial and configuration matching label, blue foam interior, leather drawstring pouches for the extra cylinders, and an assortment of factory paperwork including manual and test target. The box has faint wear with a few scattered light marks, in about Fine-plus condition.
Our Assessment: Freedom Arms makes premier quality firearms, and this single action Model 83 Premier Grade revolver is no exception. The action and trigger pull are exceptional. The lockup is quite literally solid, with no play whatsoever. Look at the test target! The .454 Casull cartridge can deliver a 250 grain bullet with a muzzle velocity of over 1,900 fps., making it ideal as a hunting round for medium sized game and for silhouette shooting. It is also very useful for carrying around with you in areas frequented by big brown furry things that have a tendency to eat you if you aren’t careful. This example also comes with extra cylinders for the slighlty more mild .45 ACP and the much more common and inexpensive .45 ACP cartridges. The 4 3/4” long barrel on this revolver should make it fairly easy to carry, while its steel frame should help tame the recoil, but you can always substitute .45 Colt or .45 ACP cartridges for informal target shooting. The stainless finish with the unfluted cylinder is very appealing to the eye as well as functional in being impervious to the elements and this revolver comes with a set of nice special-feature blonde wood grips to round out the looks. This is a really nice package for the handgun hunter, outdoorsman, or Freedom Arms fan. 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 and CAN be sold as a private party transaction (PPT) at our shop in Simi Valley. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.