Sold For: $2585
Model: U.S. Model of 1873, Single Action Army
Serial Number: 119872
Year of Manufacture: 1887 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
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 of the frame is marked “PAT. SEPT. 19. 1871. / ” JULY 2. -72. / ” JAN 19. -75.” and with “U.S.”. The bottom of the frame and the bottom of the trigger guard at the front are each marked “119872”. The butt of the grip frame is marked “119 / 872”. The bottom-right of the barrel, under the ejector rod housing, is marked “9872” at the rear, near the indexing stud for the housing is “0”, “G” and “J”. The rear of the loading gate has assembly number “994”. The bottom of the barrel is marked “P” and “D.F.C.” (David F. Clark). The bottom of the frame is marked “D.F.C.”. The outside of the cylinder is marked “P”, the rear face is marked “0” and “S”. The left-rear of the frame, under the grip, is marked “G”.
Barrel Length: 5 5/8″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “V”-notch at the rear of a groove in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece Magna-Tusk grips made by Arizona Custom Grips. The grips have minor handling wear. We believe that the discoloration is intentional. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-Excellent condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: The gun has been modified from its original configuration, but the condition of the markings leads us to believe that it has not been refinished. Some areas show signs of aggressive cleaning or polishing, but are still bright without a finish applied.
Bore Condition: The bore is gray with well defined rifling. There is scattered light erosion and minor pitting in the bore.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 5% of its metal finish. Finish remains only in protected areas, most notable on the top and bottom of the ejector rod housing, the corners at the top of the trigger guard, and the flats on each side of the backstrap at the base of the hammer. There is some faint case color visible on the left-front of the frame below the barrel. There is also some remaining blue finish on the rear face of the cylinder. Other surfaces are mostly worn to white or gone to a light patina. There are some scattered nicks and scratches. The most notable marks are on the edges of the ejector housing slots and the bottom of the barrel. There is some minor surface erosion. There are tool marks around most screw heads. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings range from clear to shallow, but legible. Overall, this revolver is in about Very Good condition as Antique.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. Lockup produces very little play side-to-side and barely perceptible end-shake on all six chambers. The trigger is crisp. The cylinder has a removable bushing. 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.