SOLD FOR: $3616.99
Model: Single Action Army, 2nd Generation
Serial Number: 57270SA
Year of Manufacture: 1970 (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 smooth walnut. The grips have a few scattered minor compressions, but no notable damage. There are no chips or cracks. The wood is alternately slightly proud and slightly shy to the grip frame. Overall, the grips are in Fine-plus 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 what appears to be a patch of tool-chatter across the lands about mid-way down. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 8 or 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 97% of its metal finish. The balance is mostly in scattered small spots of minor oxidation. The action shows faint operational wear, mostly in the cylinder lead-in grooves. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. Lockup produces very minor 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: This revolver comes in a two-piece cardboard Colt “Stagecoach” box with a manual and warranty card.
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 1970 and has blue & case color finish, a 7 1/2″ barrel and is chambered in the original .45 Colt cartridge. The revolver is in Fine-plus condition, showing a condition more consistent with storage than use, retaining the great majority of its original finish, a nice bore and strong mechanics. The revolver comes in a period-correct Colt “Stagecoach” box and would make a nice 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