SOLD FOR: $2,651
Model: Lawman Series Wild Bill Hickok Single Action Army, #12 of 500
Serial Number: 12WBH
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.“, the left is marked “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45”, the right “LAWMAN SERIES – WILD BILL HICKOK”. The right of the frame is marked “PAT. SEPT. 19. 1871 / PAT. JULY 2, 72 JAN. 19, 75” and with a rampant colt logo. the bottom of the frame is marked with the serial number “12WBH” in front of the trigger guard. The left of each portion of the grip frame is marked “12ST”. The front face of the cylinder is marked “12”, the rear face has a rampant colt logo. The right-rear of the frame under the grip and the rear face of the loading gate are each marked with assembly number “843”. The left of the trigger guard is marked with “VP” in triangle and “V”, the right is marked “P”.
Barrel Length: 7 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch at the rear of the topstrap
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth faux-pearl with silver-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 & Nickel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage, 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 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 Colt Lawman Series presentation case with a Wild Bill Hickok portrait on the exterior and interior of the lid, black faux-leather exterior, fitted blue felt interior, and keys for the case. The exterior of the case has minor storage wear, mostly at edges and corners, and the interior has minor wear from the contents, in about Fine-plus 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. This example was produced to commemorate Wild Bill Hickok, one of the American West’s most famous and interesting lawmen (also a soldier, spy, gambler, gunfighter, and showman). Hickok was born just a little to early to be made famous by using a Single Action Army, but this revolver’s beautiful blue and nickel finish, pearl grips, and unfluted cylinder makes for a beautiful tribute to one of the West’s greatest lawmen. In Excellent condition and with its original case, this should make a fine addition to any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!