SOLD FOR: $2512.99
Model: Single Action Army Colonel Sam Colt Sesquicentennial Model 1814-1964
Serial Number: 1372SC (1 of 5,000)
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading-Gate Cylinder
Markings: 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 trigger guard is marked “1372SC”. The front face of the cylinder is marked “372”, the rear face has a rampant colt. The left front side of the trigger guard is marked with a “VP” in a triangle and at the rear with “V”. The right front of the trigger guard is marked with a “P”. The left side of the backstrap and the trigger guard are marked “1372SC”. The insides of the grip panels are marked “372”. The unfluted cylinder is marked with “COL SAML COLT / 1864-1964”, a Rampant Colt, the dome from Colt’s factory, a Colt Patterson Revolver and with a scrolled leafy pattern. The rear face of the cylinder is marked with a Rampant Colt logo. The left side of the barrel is marked with “1864 – COL. SAML COLT SESQUICENTENNIAL MODEL – 1964”. The top of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.” The right side of the barrel is marked with “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45”. The inside rear shoulder of the loading gate is marked with the assembly number “298”, found again on the rear face of the frame under the right grip.
Barrel Length: 7 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter round blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth walnut with silver-colored Rampant Colt medallions. The grips have a few scattered light marks and some verdigris at the grip screw escutcheons. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine-plus condition.
Type of Finish: The barrel and frame are blue. The cylinder, backstrap and trigger guard are silver plated.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates a 10 out of 10.
Many military and C&R eligible weapons have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the fact that corrosive primers were commonly used in ammunition worldwide. For example, the U.S. used corrosive ammunition throughout WWII. The U.S. military did not begin to phase out corrosive-primed ammunition until the 1950’s.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks and some minor discoloration on the front face of the cylinder which should polish out easily. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup is solid. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a walnut display case with a plaque on the lid reading “One of 5000 / COLONEL SAMl COLT / SESQUICENTENNIAL MODELS / 1814-1964”. The interior is lined with burgundy felt with a silver Samuel Colt commemorative coin, a wooden block holding 12 “silver bullets” (deactivated), and a compartment in the lid for “The Arms Collection of Colonel Colt” by R.L. Wilson secured by two black leather straps. A key for the case is included.
Our Assessment: This revolver is a Colt “Colonel Sam Colt Sesquicentennial 1814-1964 Model Single Action Army” .45 Long Colt caliber revolver with its original display case and accessories. It is a beautiful limited edition (5,000 produced) celebrating the 150th birthday of the famous gun maker and celebrating his greatest invention: The Colt Revolver. It is beautiful with a two tone finish: high luster blue on the barrel, frame, hammer and trigger with all of the other parts, including the screws, silver plated. The cylinder is engraved with a leafy pattern along with Colt’s name, a Rampant Colt, a Patterson revolver and the Colt Factory dome. This revolver is in Excellent condition and while it is certainly collectible based off its scarcity, this is also just a very attractive revolver that would be a prize in any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud