Sold For: $5675
LSB#: 201117RH08, 201117RH09
Model: Single Action Army, Special Order Consecutive Pair, Third Generation
Serial Number: 201117RH08: S17227A, 201117RH09: S17228A
Year of Manufacture: 1997 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single Action Side Loading Gate Revolvers
Markings: The left of each barrel is marked “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45”, the top “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.”. The left of each frame is marked “PAT. SEPT. 19. 1871 / JULY 2. 72 JAN. 19. 75” and with a rampant colt. The left of each trigger guard is marked with “VP” in triangle and “M”. Each revolver’s serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame in front of the trigger guard and the left of each portion of the grip frame, under the grip. The left of each grip frame is also marked “N”. The last three digits of each revolver’s serial number are marked on the rear of their loading gates and on the front face of their cylinders. The rear face of each cylinder is marked “45”. The inside of each revolver’s grip panels are hand-scribed with the last four digits of their serial number.
Barrel Length: 4 3/4″
Sights / Optics: The front sights are quarter-round blades fixed to the fronts of the barrels. The rear sights are square notches in the topstraps.
Stock Configuration & Condition: Each revolver’s grips are two-piece checkered black hard rubber with rampant colt in oval at their tops and American Eagles at their bottoms. Both sets of grips show no notable wear or damage. The checkering is sharp. The colts and Eagles are well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Both sets of grips are in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Nickel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright, their rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bores.
Overall Condition: These revolvers retain 99+% of their metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, these revolvers are in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: Due to the revolvers’ condition, we elected not to perform a full function check. There is no indication that anything would be mechanically wrong with either revolver and we do guarantee proper function. The cylinder bushings are fixed. We did not fire these handguns. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards (just kidding, these guns are clean).
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Each revolver comes in a two piece blue cardboard Colt box with plastic pouch, orange “stop-sign” hang-tag and an assortment of factory paperwork including manual. Each box comes in a white cardboard sleeve with serial-matching label. Shipping documents for the order are included with the serial numbers noted. The pair and their boxes are in a cardboard shipping carton which is not marked with Colt or serial information, but which is consistent with Colt shipping cartons. The blue boxes are in Excellent condition. The white sleeves show minor storage wear, in Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is a beautiful pair of Single Action Army revolvers, made in 1997. The pair was special-ordered with consecutive serial numbers, 4 3/4″ barrels, nickel finish, and chambered for the classic .45 Colt cartridge. Even more interesting, these revolvers were ordered by and come from the collection of Rick Hacker, noted gun writer, NRA Field Editor and winner of the John T. Amber Literary Award. This gorgeous guns appear to have spent well more of their lives in their factory boxes than out, with little sign of use since leaving Colt. They will make a fine addition to any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!