Colt 1st Gen Single Action Army SAA Engraved .38-40 WCF Revolver, 1906 C&R

SOLD FOR: $4,076.99

LSB#: 231109CV001

Make: Colt

Model: Single Action Army, 1st Generation

Serial Number: 277887

Year of Manufacture: 1906 (

Caliber: 38-40 Winchester (38 WCF)

Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder

Markings: The top of the barrel was marked “COLT’S PT. F. A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A.”, some of this marking is worn away and not visible. The left of the barrel is marked “38 W.C.F.”. The left of the frame is marked “PAT. SEPT. 19. 1871. / JULY 2. 72. JAN 19. 75.” and with a circled rampant colt logo, again these markings are worn and incomplete. The bottom of the frame is marked “277887”. The butt of the grip frame is marked “277 / 887”. The rear of the loading gate has assembly number “1072”. The revolver has Wolf and Klar-style engraving. The inside of each grip panel has “7887” hand-scribed.

Barrel Length: 5 1/2”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “V”-notch at the rear of a groove in the top strap.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered black rubber panels with rampant colt in oval at their tops. The grips show light-moderate handling wear with some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The right panel has areas where the checkering is worn smooth, the left panel has more well defined checkering. There is a very small loss at the bottom-rear of the left panel. There are no cracks. Overall, the grips are in Good-plus condition.

Type of Finish: Nickel

Finish Originality: Refinished

Bore Condition: The bore is gray with well defined rifling. There is scattered light erosion and some minor pitting in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 5 or 6 out of 10.

Many military and C&R-eligible weapons have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the fact that corrosive primers were commonly used in ammunition worldwide.

Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 85% of its current metal finish. There is scattered finish wear, most notable on the left of the frame in front of the hammer screw, the top-left-rear next to the hammer, and the left-rear of the barrel. There is some scattered minor frosting in the nickel finish. There are some scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings range from clear to worn and incomplete. Overall, this revolver is in Very Good-Fine condition as Antique and refinished.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The cylinder locks up with minor play on each chamber and has a removable bushing. 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: An additional set of checkered black hard rubber American Eagle grips is included

Our Assessment: Colt’s Single Action Army revolver is the iconic sidearm of the cowboy, lawman, and outlaw. This example is a 1st Generation SAA made in 1906. Chambered in the classic .45 Colt cartridge, it has been custom engraved in the Wolf and Klar style with a new nickel finish applied to the metal. This example has somewhat light wear given its age and still retains strong mechanics. This is a classic American revolver, perfect for any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!

Colt 1st Gen Single Action Army SAA Engraved .38-40 WCF Revolver, 1906 C&R
Colt 1st Gen Single Action Army SAA Engraved .38-40 WCF Revolver, 1906 C&R