SOLD FOR: $3825
Model: Sheriff’s Model Single Action Army, 3rd Generation
Serial Number: SA69338
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL”, the top of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F. A. MFG. Co. / HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”, the right is marked “COLT S.A.A. 45 CAL.”. The left side of the frame is marked “PAT. SEPT. 19, 1871 / ” JULY. 2, -72. / ” JAN. 19, -75.”. The underside of the frame at the grip frame is marked “SA69338”. The left side of each portion of the grip frame is marked “SA69338” under the grips. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle and at the rear with a “K”, the right front is marked “H”. The front face of the cylinder is marked “9338”, the rear face is marked “45”. The inside of each grip panel has “69338” hand-written.
Barrel Length: 3”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter round blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a square groove in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth bone panels with silver-colored Colt medallions at the top of each panel. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Nickel
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. The cylinder has minor turn-wear, mostly in the lead-in grooves. There are a few scattered minor scuffs and swirls as well as some stubborn dried grease from the factory plastic sleeve. Otherwise, there are 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. The cylinder locks up with almost no play on each of the chambers. The trigger is 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 maroon cardboard Colt box with serial-matching label, two-piece styrofoam inserts, red “stop-sign” hang-tag, and an assortment of factory paperwork including manual.
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 a beauty to behold and one of the finest single action revolvers ever produced. It is a Colt Sheriff’s model in Excellent condition with 98% of its original nickel finish, a bright bore with sharp rifling and strong mechanics. The revolver was made on a black powder frame, with the cylinder pin retained by a screw rather than a sprung cross-pin and has the early-style three-line patent marking. With a 3″ barrel, no ejector rod assembly, and chambered for the classic .45 Colt cartridge, this Sheriffs model is a classy revolver from muzzle to butt, perfect for adding to a collection or as a BBQ gun. A factory Colt with this gun’s features is going to take a prized place in a Colt collection, especially one in this high condition. Please see our photos and good luck!