Sold For: $2,775
Model: Single Action Army, 2nd Generation
Serial Number: 22527SA
Year of Manufacture: 1958 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .44 Special
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 .44 SPECIAL”. The left of the frame is marked “PAT. SEPT 19. 1871 / JULY 2, 7 JAN. 19, 75” and with a rampant colt logo. The left of the trigger guard is marked “VP” in triangle at the front and “P” at the rear, the right of the trigger guard is marked “5”. The bottom of the frame and the left of each portion of the trigger guard are each marked “22527SA”. The rear face of the cylinder is marked with a rampant colt logo. The front face of the cylinder is marked “22527”. The rear face of the frame and the rear face of the loading gate are each marked with assembly number “296”.
Barrel Length: 7 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter-round blade fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch at the rear of a groove in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: None.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 80% of its metal finish. The finish is lightly thinning at some edges, most notable at the left of the muzzle. There is handling wear on the grip straps and inside the trigger guard. There case color is generally strong with some areas muting slightly. There are some scattered minor marks and spots of light surface oxidation. The cylinder has a thin, faint turn-line. The unfinished side faces of the hammer show minor discoloration from oxidation and light operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Very Good condition as missing its grips.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. Lockup produces barely perceptible play on all six chambers. The trigger is crisp. The cylinder’s bushing is separate from the cylinder. 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: None.
Our Assessment: The Colt Single Action Army is perhaps the quintessential old west handgun, produced for more than a century, serving the U.S. Army as its sidearm from 1873 into the first world war and captivating audiences on the silver screen. The SAA was discontinued by Colt as it tooled up to provide for the WWII war effort, and it was thought by Colt that the design was obsolete, swing-out cylinder revolvers had been around for half a century and autoloaders were gaining in popularity. Then, with the advent of television and western programs such as Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, The Cisco Kid, and The Gene Autry Show, American interest in the guns that won the west was reborn. In 1956, Colt reintroduced the Single Action Army, this new production run now referred to as the 2nd Generation SAA’s, and this is one such example from 1958. It is in Very Good condition with a great bore, strong mechanics and wear consistent with handling and gentle use over the past 60+ years. The gun is chambered for the .44 Special cartridge, a more mild round than the .44 Magnum suitable for target shooting and some small game. This would make a great addition to a Colt collection as an early second generation. Please see our photos and good luck!
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