SOLD FOR: $2825
Make: United States Fire Arms Mfg. Co. (USFA)
Model: Reproduction Single Action Army
Serial Number: 58837
Year of Manufacture: Ca .2005
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single-Action Side Loading Gate Revolver
Barrel Length: 7 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter-round blade affixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “V”-notch at the end of a groove in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece faux-stag plastic panels. The grips have minor handling wear with no chips or cracks. The panels are alternately proud and shy to the frame. Overall, the grips are in Fine-plus condition as not original to the gun.
Also included are the original checkered black hard rubber grips with “US” in oval at their tops. The original grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the original grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: The finish is “Antiqued”, with most surfaces appearing worn with minor oxidation.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is scattered faint erosion in the bore, it is possible that this was also intentionally applied. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates a 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: Given that the overall appearance of the handgun is intentional, it’s difficult to put a percentage on the remaining finish. The surfaces have a mottled appearance with some areas worn to white, others showing minor oxidation and some having blue finish. There are some scattered minor nicks, scuffs and handling marks. The action shows operational wear, including a thin turn-line on the cylinder. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with usable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. Cylinder lockup produces barely perceptible play on each chamber. The trigger is crisp. The cylinder has a removable bushing. The firing pin is conical and there is no window in the loading gate at the hinge, indicative 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 cardboard USFA box with black exterior, green interior, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual and a green cloth USFA pouch. Also included are the original grips described above and a tooled leather gunbelt (size 42-44) with a drop-loop holster and cartridge loops with dummy cartridges inserted. The only markings on the belt indicate that it was made in Mexico and the size.
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. The USFA SAA revolver is the absolute closest to a Colt you can get without a pony on the side. This example has a 7 1/2? barrel and is chambered for the .45 Colt cartridge. The conical hammer and lack of a window on the loading gate where it enters the recoil shield are indicative of parts which were produced in the USA, not with the Italian parts used to assemble some USFA revolvers. It also has a “blackpowder” frame, with the base pin secured by a screw rather than a sprung cross-pin.
This classic USFA Single Action Army, chambered for a classic cartridge, is a nice example with an old-west feel and a beautiful overall “Antique” appearance. The revolver has been equipped with a set of faux-stag panels, but the original grips are also included should you prefer them. It will make a fine addition to any collection in America and will display well with the included rig and box. Please see our photos and good luck!
Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California -Bud