SOLD FOR: $2800
Make: U.S. Firearms (USFA)
Serial Number: 23014
Year of Manufacture: Ca. 2004
Caliber: Cylinders are included for both .22 Long Rifle and .22 Magnum (WMR)
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “22-R.F.”, the top is marked “U.S.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.”, the bottom of the frame in front of the trigger guard and the bottom of the trigger guard are marked with the serial number “23014”, the butt is marked “23 / 014”. The rear of the frame, the rear face of the loading gate and the left of each portion of the grip frame have assembly number “1442”. The assembly number is also hand-scribed on the inside of each grip panel. The rear face of each cylinder is marked “014” and the magnum cylinder is marked “M”. The barrel, under the ejector housing, is marked “014”.
Barrel Length: 5 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered black hard rubber grips with “US” in oval at their tops. The grips show no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color with factory-option full 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 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. Cylinder lockup produces almost no play on each chamber. The trigger is crisp. Each cylinder has a removable bushing. The firing pin is conical, the spur’s checkering is hand-cut and there is no window in the loading gate at the hinge, indicative of US-made parts. 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 one-piece hinged-lid cardboard USFA box with black exterior, green interior, serial-matching label, blue fabric USFA pouch, the additional cylinder in a cloth drawstring bag inside of a two-piece cardboard box which fits inside the main box, and an assortment of paperwork including manual. The box has minor storage wear, in 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. This USFA is the Plinker model, with a frame and hammer designed for use with rimfire cartridges. It has a blue and case color finish with the factory-option full case color hammer. The revolver is equipped with cylinders for both .22 LR and .22 Magnum, making it suitable for both pinking and some smaller game. That is assuming that you’re going to shoot it! This revolver is in absolutely Excellent condition, appearing to have spent more time in its serial-matching USFA box and factory packaging than out. This gorgeous revolver will make a great addition to any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!