Colt 3rd Generation Single Action Army SAA Blue 5 1/2″ .45 Revolver, 1981

Sold For: $2030

LSB#: 201014FR38

Make: Colt

Model: Single Action Army, 3rd Generation

Serial Number: SA58385

Year of Manufacture: 1981

Caliber: .45 Colt

Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45”. 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 frame and barrel markings have been gold-filled. The underside of the frame at the grip frame is marked “SA58385”. The left side of each portion of the grip frame is marked “SA58385” under the grips. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle and the left rear with “P”. The front face of the cylinder is marked “8385”. The inside of each grip panel is hand-scribed “598 53”.

Barrel Length: 5 1/2”

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 checkered black hard rubber with rampant colt in oval at the top and American eagle at the bottom on each. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp and there is good detail on the colts and eagles. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition as not original to the gun.

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 97% of its metal finish. The trigger guard has a couple of spots of minor finish wear. The cylinder has minor wear on the edges of the stop notches, but no turn-line. The right side of the hammer has minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine-Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lockup produces almost no play on all six 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: None.

Our Assessment: Everyone should have a Colt Single Action Army, and this would be a nice one to add to any collection. Manufactured in 1981, this revolver is chambered in the classic .45 Colt cartridge. The 5 1/2″ barrel is a nice balance between the increased sight radius of the 7 1/2″ and the fast handling of the 4 3/4″ barrels. The gun is in Fine-Excellent condition with 97% of its metal finish and a great bore. This is THE classic sixgun in the classic SAA cartridge that would be just as great for the collector as for the shooter. Please see our photos and good luck!

Colt 3rd Generation Single Action Army SAA Blue 5 1/2" .45 Revolver, 1981
Colt 3rd Generation Single Action Army SAA Blue 5 1/2″ .45 Revolver, 1981