SOLD FOR: $3030.99
Model: Single Action Army, 2nd Generation
Serial Number: 44572SA
Year of Manufacture: 1967 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder
Barrel Length: 7 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter-round blade fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a square notch at the rear of a groove in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece stag panels. The grips have minor handling wear with some verdigris around the screw escutcheons and a few minor marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore, but there is a little stubborn fouling. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 92% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges, most notable at the left-front of the barrel and at the front of the ejector housing. THere is a spot of wear on the bottom of the barrel behind the ejector tab. There is scattered minor turn-wear on the cylinder. The frame’s case color has muted slightly, but the figuring is still visible. There are a few minor nicks and scratches. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks up with almost no play on all six chambers. The trigger is crisp. The cylinder’s bushing is separate from the cylinder. 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: None.
Our Assessment: The Colt Single Action Army is perhaps the quintessential old west handgun, produced for more than a century, serving the U.S. Army as its sidearm from 1873 into the first world war and captivating audiences on the silver screen. The SAA was discontinued by Colt as it tooled up to provide for the WWII war effort, and it was thought by Colt that the design was obsolete, swing-out cylinder revolvers had been around for half a century and autoloaders were gaining in popularity. Then, with the advent of television and western programs such as Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, The Cisco Kid, and The Gene Autry Show, American interest in the guns that won the west was reborn. In 1956, Colt reintroduced the Single Action Army, this new production run now referred to as the 2nd Generation SAA’s.
This example was produced in 1967 and has blue & case color finish, a 7 1/2? barrel and is chambered in the original .45 Colt cartridge. The revolver is in Very Good-plus condition, showing signs of light and responsible use over the last 56 years, retaining a great bore and strong mechanics. It has been equipped with an attractive set of stag grips, giving it a distinct appearance. The revolver would make a good addition to any collection or a fun, classic shooter. Please see our photos and good luck!
Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud