SOLD FOR: $3026.97
Make: U.S. Firearms (USFA)
Model: Doug Turnbull Cowboy Classic, Reproduction Single Action Army
Serial Number: 229DT
Year of Manufacture: Ca. 2000
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. +”. The bottom-right of the barrel, under the ejector housing, is marked “9DT”. 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 “229DT”. The left of each portion of the grip frame is hand-scribed with assembly number “432” and with “229DT”. The rear of the frame has assembly number “432” visible under the grip, also stamped on the rear face of the loading gate and hand-etched on the inside of each original grip panel. Each of the original grip panels also has “229DT” hand-etched on the inside. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “9 D T”.
Barrel Length: 7 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter round blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The installed grip is a “one-piece” grip with two panels of hardwood joined with a center wood portion. The grip was made by Paul Persinger Grips and has their logo as well as the revolver’s serial number on the inside of the center portion. The grip has beautiful grain, with no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grip is in Excellent condition.
Also included are the original grips, 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. The original grips include a grip screw and the frame indexing pin.
Type of Finish: Blued & Case Color (applied by Doug Turnbull)
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 about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. Cylinder lockup produces no play on each chamber. The trigger is light and crisp. The firing pin is conical and there is no “window” on the loading gate assembly, 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 white cardboard box with brown fabric pouch, a brochure from Turnbull Mfg. Co., a card from Paul Persinger Grips, and the original grips as described.
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 single action is a beauty to behold and one of the finest single action revolvers ever produced. It is a Doug Turnbull Cowboy Classic edition, with its blue and case color finish applied by Turnbull. Rounding out the revolver is a set of custom grips from Paul Persinger. The revolver is in Excellent condition with 99% of its beautiful finish, a bright bore with sharp rifling and strong mechanics. If you want a “Colt” made better than Colt, finished better than Colt, and with more beautiful grips 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!