SOLD FOR: $2225
Model: Single Action Army, 3rd Generation
Serial Number: S05767A
Year of Manufacture: 1994
Caliber: .38-40 WCF (Winchester Center Fire)
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “38 W.C.F.”. The top 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” and with the “Rampant Colt” logo. The underside of the frame at the grip frame is marked “S05767A”. The front and back strap are both marked “S05767A” on the left side. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle and at the rear with “B”. The front of the cylinder is marked “767”, the rear is marked “38-40”. The rear of the loading gate is marked “767”. The backstrap inlet of the grip has “5767” hand-written.
Barrel Length: 4 3/4”
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 and Condition: The grip is one-piece smooth walnut. The grip has a few scattered minor marks, but no notable damage. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grip is in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color with Fire-Blued Screw Heads
Finish Originality: The finish appears Original. Fire-blue screw heads and case-color hammer are not standard features, but may have been special-ordered.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The cylinder has some minor turn-wear and there are a few scattered minor marks. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp with the exception of the bottom backstrap screw which is lightly tool marked with a strong slot. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions properly. The cylinder locks up with barely perceptible play on each chamber. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a blue two-piece cardboard Colt box with white cardboard sleeve and an assortment of factory paperwork including manual.
Our Assessment: In 1974, Colt quietly discontinued production of the single Action Army; this would be the second time they discontinued production of this glorious revolver. Luckily, the loyal fans of the SAA would not need to wait long as colt would bring back the SAA in 1976 as the “3rd Generation”. Changes were made but the basic SAA was the same, i.e. three standard barrel lengths of 4 ¾”, 5 ½” and 7 ½”, finishes of full nickel or blue, with color case hardened frame, and grips of hard rubber.
Some changes were incorporated in an effort by Colt to keep prices down. One new change was a pressed-in cylinder pin bushing instead of the removable ones used in 1st and 2nd Generation cylinders. Also, the ratchet at the rear of the cylinders was re-shaped, which also necessitated a different shape on the rotating hand. And for some unknown reason, the pitch of the barrel’s threads was changed from the 20 threads per inch (TPI) as used on 1st and 2nd Generation SAAs to 24 TPI for these new ones. Toward the end of 2nd Generation production Colt had begun using some investment cast parts, but the frames continued to be forged. The introductory caliber for 3rd Generation SAAs was .45 Colt, but other chamberings would soon follow, including .38-40 WCF.
Everyone should have a Colt Single Action Army, and this would be a beauty to add to any collection. Manufactured in 1994, this revolver is in Fine-Excellent condition, appearing to have seen little, if any use. With a 4 3/4″ barrel and chambered for .38-40, this is a classic Single Action Army chambered for one of the original SAA (and Winchester) cartridges. The pistol’s high condition and the comparative scarcity of 38-40 chambering in the 3rd generation guns make it suitable for addition to a collection, especially with interesting features including a one-piece walnut grip, fire-blue screws and a case color hammer. Please see our photos and good luck!