SOLD FOR: $1,880.00
Make: Colt’s PT. F.A. MFG. Co
Model: Single Action Army ‘Buntline’ Special
Serial Number: 19300SA
Year of Manufacture: 1958
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “Colt’s PT. F.A. MFG. Co. Hartford CT U.S.A.”. The left side of the barrel is marked “Colt Buntline Special .45”. The left side of the frame has the two line patent dates. The left side of the trigger guard is marked with a Triangle “VP” proof and “J”. The right side of the trigger guard is marked “5”. The underside of the frame is marked “19300SA”. The butt is marked “1959”. The underside of the barrel is marked “BB1271. The loading gate is marked “370”. The back strap is engraved “Arvo Ojala”.
Barrel Length: 12″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a quarter round blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a square groove milled into the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece checkered hard rubber grips sport a Rampant Colt and an American Eagle on each panel. Minor marks appear on the smooth surfaces and notable wear is evident in on checkering and Eagle emblem. The Rampant Colt is visible, but no detail remains on the Colt’s body or face. The grips rate in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue Barrel, Cylinder, Trigger Guard and Back Strap, Case Colored Frame and Trigger
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is dull. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 94% of its metal finish. Finish thinning is visible at the muzzle, front of the ejector rod housing and edges of the trigger guard. A dusting of marks in the finish and small dings in the metal is present on the barrel. The case coloring is vivid with patches of frosting and freckling. Bare metal with a dark patina is apparent on most of the back strap and a patch of bare metal is visible on the front of the grip frame. The Screw heads are sharp. The markings are deep and clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and the cylinder lockup is tight.
Box & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The Colt Buntline Special is a fictionalized version of long-barreled Colt Single Action Army revolver that author Stuart N. Lake created while writing his 1931 biography of Wyatt Earp. According to Lake’s biography, Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal published in 1931, dime novelist Ned Buntline had five Buntline Specials commissioned. Lake described them as extra-long, 12 inches (300 mm)-long barrel Colt Single Action Army revolvers. Buntline was supposed to have presented them to lawmen in thanks for their help with contributing “local color” to his Western stories. This particular 2nd Generation Colt Buntline revolver was owned by Arvo Ojala, a famous holster maker, stunt man, fast draw artist and technical advisor on films and television shows including: “Gunsmoke”, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, “Silverado” and “Three Amigos”. The pistol is in Fine condition, exhibiting finish thinning and marks from use, and is in perfect working order. This is a nice looking Colt and Buntlines are always attention grabbers. This one will add some spectacular Hollywood gravitas to your collection.