SOLD FOR: $4,626
Make: Colt Custom Shop
Model: Single Action Army 3rd Generation, Colt Armory Edition
Serial Number: SA65415
Year of Manufacture: Ca. 1983 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
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 “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45 ACP”. The top of the barrel 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” and with the “Rampant Colt” logo. The underside of the frame at the grip frame is marked “SA65415”. The left side of each portion of the grip frame is marked with assembly number “3952” under the grips, found again on the rear face of the frame and hand-written on the inside of each grip panel. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle and at the rear with a “K”, the right of the trigger guard is marked “U”. The front face of each cylinder is marked “5415”. The rear face of each cylinder is marked “45”, the .45 ACP cylinder is also marked “ACP”.
Barrel Length: 4 3/4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter round blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a square groove in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth bone panels with gold-colored Colt medallions. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.
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 98% of its metal finish. The .45 Colt cylinder has a light, mostly incomplete turn-line. The .45 ACP has no notable turn wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. Cylinder lockup produces almost no play. 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 with a faux-wood cardboard sleeve with Colt Custom Shop serial-matching label, two-piece styrofoam inserts, an assorment of factory paperwork including manual, and the additional cylinder. We have confirmed with Colt Archives that this revolver is original and a Colt Archive Letter is on its way. Additional photos of the letter will be added to this listing when it arrives and it will be included with the pistol for the winning bidder. The box has scattered light storage wear, scuffs and fraying at edges and corners, in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: Everyone should have a Colt Single Action Army, and this example from Colt’s Custom Shop would be a nice one to add to any collection. Manufactured in 1983, this revolver is a Colt Armory Edition, one of only 500 with 150 finished blue & case color and 150 finished nickel. This example is in Excellent condition with minor evidence of turning on the .45 Colt cylinder, none on the .45 ACP cylinder, and otherwise showing only light handling marks in its beautiful finish and gorgeous stocks. The pistol comes in its orginal cardboard box, but does not have the presentation case which would have originally shipped with the gun. It is no less beautiful for that and will make a great display in a Colt collection or BBQ gun for the lucky winner. Please see our photos and good luck!