Colt 3rd Gen Single Action Army SAA P1850 Blue 5 1/2″ .45 Revolver, 1980

SOLD FOR: $2912.99

LSB#: 230316MG005

Make: Colt

Model: Single Action Army, 3rd Generation

Serial Number: SA36117

Year of Manufacture: 1980

Caliber: .45 Colt

Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder

Barrel Length: 5 1/2”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter round blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a square groove in the top strap.

Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered black hard rubber with rampant colt in oval at their tops and American Eagle at their bottoms. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There is good detail in the colts and eagles. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color

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, the bore rates 10 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are only a few scattered minor marks, most notable are small marks on the ejector housing. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions properly. The cylinder locks up with very minor play on each chamber. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a faux-wood cardboard Colt box with serial-matching label, two-piece styrofoam inserts, and factory paperwork which does not include a manual.

Our Assessment: 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, just as with the original.

Everyone should have a Colt Single Action Army, and this would be a neat one to add to any collection. Manufactured in 1980, this revolver is in Excellent condition, appearing to have spent more time in its included box than out. With a 5 1/2? barrel, Blue & Case Color finish and chambered for .45 Colt, this is a classic Single Action Army chambered for a classic cartridge, as well as being in high condition. The pistol’s condition and all-matching parts will make it suitable for addition to a collection, but it should also make for a fun shooter. Please see our photos and good luck!

Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud

Colt 3rd Gen Single Action Army SAA P1850 Blue 5 1/2" .45 Revolver, 1980
Colt 3rd Gen Single Action Army SAA P1850 Blue 5 1/2″ .45 Revolver, 1980