Sold For: $3225
Model: Single Action Army, 1st Generation
Serial Number: 155206
Year of Manufacture: 1894 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .38-40 Winchester (W.C.F.)
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 “38 W.C.F.”. The left of the frame is marked “PAT. SEPT. 19. 1871. / JULY 2. 72. JAN 19. 75.” and with a circled rampant colt logo. The bottom of the frame and the bottom of the trigger guard at the front are each marked “155206”. The butt of the grip frame is marked “155 / 206”. The rear of the loading gate has assembly number “54”. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “V”. The hammer slot is marked “0”. The inside of each grip panel is hand-scribed “5206”.
Barrel Length: 4 3/4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed to the front of the barrel. The blade has had metal added to the left side. 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 checkered black hard rubber with rampant colt in oval at the top and American Eagle at the bottom of each panel. The grips have a few scattered minor nicks, scuffs and scratches. The checkering shows minor wear, but is generally well defined and there is good detail in the colts. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition as Antique.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
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 7% 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 case color visible on the right of the frame below the ejector rod boss and on each side of the hammer. A few of the cylinder flutes have small amounts of remaining blue. Other surfaces are mostly worn to white or gone to a light patina. There are some scattered light nicks and scratches. The cylinder pin head is tool marked and there are tool marks around the head. There is infrequent minor surface erosion. 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 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 is designed with a removable bushing but we were not able to remove the 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: This revolver comes with a photocopy of a Colt Archives letter which indicates that this revolver shipped to E.C. Meacham Arms Co. in St. Louis, Missouri in its current configuration on March 17, 1894 in a shipment of 8 revolvers of the same type.