SOLD FOR: $2826
Serial Number: AN03580
Year of Manufacture: 1998
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single and Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “COLT ANACONDA / —45 COLT—”. The right side of the barrel is marked “—DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER— / COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.” The crane cut and crane are marked “AN03580”. The sideplate is marked with a Rampant Colt logo. The left side of the trigger guard is marked with the Verified Proof at the front and the rear is marked with a “0”.
Barrel Length: 6” with Full Length Vented Top Rib and Full Length Underlug
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a ramped blade with an orange insert pinned to the rib. The rear sight is a square notched white outlined leaf adjustable for windage and elevation pinned to the frame.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece black checkered rubber with finger grooves and silver Rampant Colt medallions. Each panel has a banner with a Colt logo molded in at the bottom. The grips have a few light scratches and minor scuffing in the smooth borders. The checkering is well defined. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
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. There is scattered minor scuffing, a couple of light scratches on the bottom of the trigger guard, and there are light nicks around the firing pin retaining pin on the left of the frame. The left of the retaining pin is tool marked. The action shows light operational wear including a turn-line on the cylinder. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions properly. The cylinder locks up with minor play on each chamber. The double action pull is smooth, and the single action is light. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This revolver comes in a blue plastic Colt case with serial-matching label, manual, and six snap caps.
Our Assessment: Colt introduced the Anaconda built on a new, heavy “AA” frame to compete with the Ruger Redhawk and S&W Model 29 revolvers. Our impression is that the Anaconda probably offers a smoother double action pull than the Ruger and is more rugged than the S&W. This revolver is great for target shooting as well as handgun hunting. Despite being nearly 150 years old, modern loadings of the .45 Colt cartridge are quite stout and suitable for a variety of game animals. Though more than suitable for a range of shooting purposes, with its high condition, Colt collectors will also see interest in this revolver, especially with its original box. Good luck and happy bidding!