Colt 3rd Gen Single Action Army SAA Nickel P1756 .44 Special Revolver, 1980

Sold for $3029.05

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. Additionally, 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 .44 Special.

Everyone should have a Colt Single Action Army, and this would be a beauty to add to any collection. Manufactured in 1980, this revolver is in Fine condition, appearing to have seen light use. With a 5 1/2? barrel, nickel finish and chambered for .44 Special, this is a classic Single Action Army chambered for a classic cartridge, as well as being a fairly scarce configuration. The pistol’s high condition will make it suitable for addition to a collection, but it should also make for a fun shooter that will draw some eyes at the range.