Sold for: $4,076
Model: Single Action Army, Bisley Model
Serial Number: 297141
Year of Manufacture: 1907
Caliber: .32-20 WCF
Action Type: Single Action Revolver
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.”. The left side of the barrel is marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 32 W.C.F.” The frame, trigger guard and back strap are marked “297141”. The left side of the frame is marked “PAT. SEPT. 19. 1871. / JULY. 2. 72. JAN. 19. 75.” The left trigger guard bows have the Verified Proof and a “6”. The loading gate assembly number is “2702”.
Barrel Length: 4 5/8″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a fixed blade. The rear sight is a notched top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two piece checkered hard rubber. The checkering has worn, though all checkering lines can still be seen. The Rampant Colt logos are at the top of both panels. The fit is great, and there are only scattered light nicks on the edges. There are no cracks. The grips rate in about Very Good to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Nickel
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is practically bright and the rifling is sharp. There is only very scattered and VERY light erosion in the bore that may actually be light fouling.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 93% of its metal finish. There is general surface marking and scuffing to the nickel surfaces. There is very minor discoloration at the edges and the top of the back strap. There is faint holster wear at the muzzle. There is no mentionable flaking or erosion. The face of the cylinder makes this revolver look almost unfired. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine to Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions properly, with strong springs and good lock up. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The Colt Bisley is a legendary single action revolver. Designed as a target gun, it competed successfully at the Bisley Target Range, winning more than half of the prizes in the “Army and Military Revolvers” class in both 1896 and 1897. This example has the vast majority of its original finish; it is difficult to think of a First Gen. nickel gun with this much finish, but we are certain it is original. Wiley Clapp has a thoughtful, short discussion of the Colt Bisley at http://www.americanrifleman.org/blogs/the-colt-bisley/