SOLD FOR: $3,255
Make: Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company
Model: 1st Generation Single Action Army
Serial Number: 145245
Year of Manufacture: 1892
Caliber: .41 Colt, Black Powder Only
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading-Gate Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “.41 Colt”. The left side of the frame is marked “PAT. SEPT. 19, 1871. / JULY T, 72. JAN 19.75.” and with a Rampant Colt logo. The top of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. Co HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.” A “41” is stamped on the bottom of the barrel at the frame. The front of the trigger guard is marked “G”. The butt is marked “145 / 245”. The underside of the frame and trigger guard are marked “145245”. The loading gate assembly number is marked “451”.
Barrel Length: 5 ½”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter round blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “U” groove milled into the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hard rubber grips bear the Rampant Colt logo and an Eagle on each panel. The right panel does not fit flush to the frame and exhibits significant wear in the Rampant Colt logo, Eagle and checkering, with one spot on the checkering worn smooth. The detail on the left panel is sharper than the right, with more detail remaining in the Rampant Colt and Eagle. The checkering is deeper on the left panel than the right, but the points of the checkering are flat. The left panel has a glossier sheen than the right panel and there is one mar located just behind the Eagle, which looks like the material was melted. The right panel exhibits compression marks at the butt while the left panel shows shallow scratches. It is unlikely these grips are a matched set or that they are original to the pistol. There are no marking on the inside of the grips. The grips rate in about Fair to Good overall condition as antique.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is gray and the rifling is shallow and dull. There is erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 5% of its metal finish. The finish which remains can be found in the hidden and protected areas. It has thinned and developed a dark patina. Shallow erosion and handling marks can be found on the metal surfaces, with a cluster of compression marks on the underside of the barrel and a single compression mark on the bottom of the backstrap. The cylinder shows shallow erosion and finish thinning with shallow drag marks. The leading edges are rounded from contact with a holster. The screw heads are mildly distressed. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good condition as antique.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and the cylinder lockup has minor play. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This example of a 1st Generation Colt Single Action Army is in Very Good condition. Relatively few handling marks are visible, though very little original finish remains and the leading edges show wear. This pistol was well used and cared for well. The action functions correctly with slight play. The grip panels do not match in either fit, wear or luster and are likely replacements, but they are period correct for the model. This pistol possess a “41” mark under the barrel and a “G” on the trigger guard, though it bears no visible inspector marks. This is your chance to own an original 1800s 1st Generation, Black Powder Frame Colt SAA.
SOLD FOR: $3,255