SOLD FOR: $1925
Make: U.S. Firearms (USFA)
Model: Reproduction Single Action Army, Cowboy Sheriff Model
Serial Number: SMC049
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “45 COLT”, the top is marked “U. S. F. A. MFG. Co / HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A.”, and the bottom is marked “C049”. The left of the frame is marked “PAT. SEPT. 19. 1871 / ” JULY.2-72. / “ JAN.19-75.”, the bottom of the frame in front of the trigger guard is marked with the serial number “SMC049”. The left of each portion of the grip frame is hand-scribed with “C049” and with assembly number “427”. The rear of the frame has part of the assembly number “427” visible under the grip, also stamped on the rear face of the loading gate and hand-etched on the inside of each grip panel. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “C 0 4 9 S”.
Barrel Length: 3”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter round blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “V”-notch in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered black hard rubber panels with “US” in oval at the tops. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued, Case Color Hammer
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are only a few scattered minor marks and the cylinder has faint turn-wear, none through the finish. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The mainspring and sear/bolt spring have been replaced, resulting in a very light and smooth action. The original springs are included. Cylinder lockup produces almost no play on each chamber. The trigger is light and 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: This revolver comes in a hinged-lid cardboard USFA box with black exterior, green interior, serial-matching label, brown fabric pouch, an assortment of paperwork including manual and the original mainspring and sear/bolt spring. The box has minor storage wear, in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: Colt’s Model 1873, the Single Action Army, is the “gun that won the west”, perhaps the most iconic handgun of all time. For nearly 150 years, the gun has been produced in a variety of configurations, finishes and calibers. This revolver is the absolute closest to a Colt you can get without a pony on the side. Produced by US Firearms in the old Colt plant in Hartford, Connecticut “under the blue dome” and 100% US made, this USFA Cowboy Sheriff Model single action is a beauty to behold and one of the finest single action revolvers ever produced. It is in Excellent condition with 98% of its beautiful blued finish, a bright bore with sharp rifling and strong mechanics. It comes in a USFA box with bag and manual. It’s even had a little work done to slick up the action, with the original parts included if you’re a purist. If you want a “Colt” made better than Colt, this is your best option. As USFA is no longer in business, these high quality revolvers are not only less common than real Colts, but ones in this condition are becoming more scarce every day. Please see our photos and good luck!