Sold For: $1975
Model: Texas Sesquicentennial Sheriff’s Model Single Action Army
Serial Number: TX0631
Year of Manufacture: 1986, ATF C&R
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked in gold “Texas Sesquicentennial / 1836 -1986” and with an outline of the state of Texas, the top of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. / HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”, the right has a Texas longhorn scene in gold with “.45” under the scene. The bottom of the barrel is marked “631. There are gold bands at the front and rear of the barrel. The left side of the frame is marked “PAT. SEPT. 19, 1871. / ” JULY 2,-72. / ” JAN. 19,-75.”. The underside of the frame at the grip frame is marked “TX0631”. The left side of each portion of the grip frame is marked “TX0631” under the grips. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle and at the rear with “8”. The front face of the cylinder is marked “0631”, the rear face is marked “45”. The outside of the cylinder has a Republic of Texas seal and a Texas flag, both in gold. The backstrap has the Alamo and “COME AND TAKE IT”, both in gold. The inside of each grip panel is hand-written “0631”.
Barrel Length: 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 two-piece grips have no notable wear or damage with only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Gold
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion but there is some stubborn fouling. The source of the fouling is unknown, as there is little evidence that the gun has ever been fired.
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 about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The frame is a “blackpowder” style frame with the cylinder pin retained by a screw. The cylinder’s bushing is fixed. The cylinder locks up with almost no play on each of the chambers. 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 faux-wood cardboard Colt box with hand-written serial-matching label, two-piece styrofoam inserts, and an assortment of factory paperwork including manual. The box shows moderate storage wear with fraying and tears at edges and corners. None of the ears are torn all the way through, but all of them have been reinforced with tape on the interior. Overall, the box is in about Good 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 revolver was selected to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the Republic of Texas. It is a Colt Sheriff’s model in Excellent condition with 99% of its blue and gold finish, a bright bore with sharp rifling and strong mechanics. It comes in its original box and is decorated with Texas icons such as the Alamo, longhorn cattle, and “COME AND TAKE IT”. With a 4″ barrel, no ejector rod assembly, and chambered for the classic .45 Colt cartridge, this is a classy revolver from muzzle to butt. This revolver would make a great addition to any collection, especially if you’re from the Lone Star State. Please see our photos and good luck!