SOLD FOR: $3825.01
Model: Sheriff’s Edition Single Action Army
Serial Number: 162SE2
Year of Manufacture: 1988, ATF C&R
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “-SAA 45 LC-”, the right of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F. A. MFG. Co. / HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”. 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 “162SE2”. The left side of the frontstrap is marked “SA71317” and “C C”, the left of the backstrap has over-struck markings and “312”. The left-rear of the frame is marked “312”. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle and at the rear with “R”. The front face of the cylinder is marked “312”, the rear face has “45” double-stamped. The inside of each grip panel has “312” hand-written.
Barrel Length: 2”
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 walnut panels with gold colored Colt medallions. 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: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is a nick on the left edge of the trigger guard at the front and the cylinder has faint turn-wear. 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 very little 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 blue plastic Colt case which does not have any label.
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 Edition in Excellent condition with 98% of its original metal finish, a bright bore with sharp rifling and strong mechanics. Made in 1982, the Sheriff’s Edition was a limited production run of Sheriff’s Model SAAs made in five different barrel lengths, with this being a 2″ example. In addition to its short barrel, the revolver has some other uncommon features for a 1982 vintage SAA including a full-blued finish and a “black powder” frame, with the cylinder pin secured by a screw rather than a cross-pin. 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!