SOLD FOR: $1371.55
Make: U.S. Firearms (USFA)
Model: Rodeo, Reproduction Single Action Army
Serial Number: D822
Year of Manufacture: 2003
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 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 “D822”. 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 “19”. The assembly number is also hand-scribed on the inside of each grip panel. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “D822”.
Barrel Length: 4 3/4”
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 light handling wear with some light scuffing and a few nicks and scratches. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the original grips are in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: “Antiqued”, Case Color Hammer, Blued Screws
Finish Originality: The hammer and screw finish is Original, the “Antiqued” finish is not original.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 97% of its current metal finish. Due to the “Antiqued” finish, it is difficult to determine what is intentional and what isn’t, but it is quite consistent throughout. The sides of the hammer and the cylinder show light operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in Fine-Excellent condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. Cylinder lockup produces barely perceptible play on each chamber. The trigger is crisp. The cylinder has a removable bushing. The firing pin is conical 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 two-piece cardboard box with serial-matching fired-case envelope, a black cloth pouch and a trigger lock.
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 Rodeo had a matte blue finish which has been “Antiqued”, giving it an old-time appearance. The revolver has a 4 3/4″ barrel and is chambered for the classic .45 Colt cartridge. It is in Fine-Excellent condition, appearing to have seen limited use since it was refinished. This revolver will make a great addition to any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!