SOLD FOR: $3400
Make: U.S. Firearms (USFA)
Model: Reproduction Sheriff’s Model Single Action Army
Serial Number: US1042
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “45 COLT”, the top is marked “U. S. F. A. MFG. Co / HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A.”. The left of the frame is marked “PAT. SEPT. 19. 1871 / ” JULY.2-72. / “JAN.19-75.” and “US” in circle, the bottom of the frame is marked with the serial number “US1042” in front of the trigger guard, found again on the bottom of the trigger guard. The butt is marked “US1 / 042”. The rear face of the loading gate, the rear of the frame under the left grip panel and the inside of each grip panel are marked with the assembly number “524”.
Barrel Length: 3”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter round blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “V”-notch in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth white panels. The grips show only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: “Dome Blue” grip frame, barrel and cylinder, bone case color hardened frame and hammer.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates a 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The hammer knurling is sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. Cylinder lockup produces almost no play on each chamber. The trigger is crisp. The hammer has a conical firing pin and there is no windown in the loading gate, typical of US made parts. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a two-piece cardboard USFA box with serial-matching label, dark brown drawstring USFA bag, slotted base pin retaining screw (a large knurled retaining screw is currently installed) and an assortment of paperwork including manual. Also included is a copy of the original sales ad from USFA.
Our Assessment: Colt’s Model 1873, the Single Action Army, is the “gun that won the west”, perhaps the most iconic handgun of all time. For nearly 150 years, the gun has been produced in a variety of configurations, finishes and calibers. This revolver is the absolute closest to a Colt you can get without a pony on the side. Produced by US Firearms in the old Colt plant in Hartford, Connecticut “under the blue dome” and 100% US made, this USFA single action is a beauty to behold and one of the finest single action revolvers ever produced.
Made in 2008 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of USFA, the revolver has a unique configuration. In addition to being a Sheriff’s model with a 3″ barrel and no ejector assembly, the hammer is a custom “birdshead” profile, similar to a Bisley model hammer and the long, knurled-head cylinder pin is secured with a large knurled screw which is easier for removal without tools. USFA’s gunsmiths hand-fit the parts for an exact fit and only 50 of these revolvers were made.
The gun is in Excellent condition with 99% of its beautiful “Dome Blue” and true case hardened finish, a bright bore with sharp rifling and strong mechanics. It comes in its original box and with a USFA bag and manual. If you want a “Colt” made better than Colt, this is your best option as USFA is no longer in business, making these high quality revolvers not only less common than real Colts, but becoming more scarce every day. Please see our photos and good luck!
Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California -Bud