Model: Single Action Army
Serial Number: 126129
Year of Manufacture: 1888
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single Action Revolver
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 frame is marked “Pat. Sept. 19. 1871. / “ July. 2. – 72 / “ Jan. 19. – 75”. The backstrap, trigger guard and frame are all stamped “126129”. The inside of the loading gate is marked “808”. This number is not supposed to match the serial number.
Barrel Length: 7 ½”
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with standard SAA fixed sights.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are one piece hard wood grips. About 20% original varnish remains, and the fit is still exceptionally good. In addition to the finish loss, there are nicks and dings throughout and losses on the bottom of the left panel. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue / Color Case Hardened
Finish Originality: Factory Original, all markings are crisp, finish is brilliant in protected areas and we see no evidence of a refinish.
Bore Condition: The bore is a mix of bright areas and erosion and the rifling is present and still strong. There is scattered erosion and light pitting in the bore, though nothing severe, this bore remains shootable.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 10% of its metal finish in protected areas. There is much original finish under the ejector rod housing and faint traces of case colors on the frame. The balance of the finish shows considerable thinning and a drift to a mottled patina. There is scattered pitting, again not severe, on the barrel and frame. The gun retains a light patina and a well aged appearance. The Screw heads are quite good, though showing old wear. The markings are crisp. Overall, this gun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions as designed, though we have not test fired this revolver.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: Few guns have ever impacted America like the Colt Single Action Army. The gun was carried by soldiers, villains, lawmen, judges and even working women of-the-day and the Colt literally had a hand in transforming the American culture as we conquered the west. Today, no image of a cowboy is complete without a Single Action on his hip. This gun was there for the taming of the west, made in 1888 and certainly carried by a proud owner on the frontier somewhere. Since it cannot talk, we don’t know the details, but we do know that this is a desirable 7 1.2” Black Powder Frame Colt in untouched and honest condition.
Sold For: $4,002