Sodl For: $3,015.00
Make: Freedom Arms
Model: 1983 (83) Premier Grade
Serial Number: D20094
Year of Manufacture: Modern; This model began production in 1983.
Caliber: .45 ACP, .45 Colt & .454 Casull
Action Type: 5-Shot, Single Action, Side Gate Loaded Convertible Fluted Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “FREEDOM ARMS MODEL 83 454 CASULL / FREEDOM, WYOMING U.S.A.”, flanked by diamond shapes. The left side of the frame is marked “PAT. NO. 4126953”, the underside is marked with the serial number, found again on the rear of all three cylinders and end label of the included factory box. The right of the frame is marked “FREEDOM ARMS / PREMIER GRADE”.
Barrel Length: 7 1/2″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a black serrated ramp blade that is slotted and set fore to aft onto a ramp base, which is fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched base that is adjustable for windage and elevation as an extra factory option.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are beautiful bone-colored stocks that appears to be impregnated synthetic material, showing absolutely crisp fit to the grip straps and frame. The stocks are free of notable damages. The grips are in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Bright Brushed Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The left of the barrel has a small ding and scuffing on the side flat edge at the lower portion. The underside of the barrel has small marks from the base pin. All 3 cylinders have faint drag lines, indicating limited use outside of the factory, please see our pictures of this beautiful revolver. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The cylinder lock-up is Perfect, with no play whatsoever. As indicated on the factory box, the revolver has a factory action job, over travel screw on the trigger, inverted crown, special grips and fluted cylinders. The revolver does not have a transfer bar safety. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is the revolver’s original serialized factory box and 25 yard test target, showing a spectacular grouping! The box has losses from removed tape, there is edge roughing from storage, the test target and other included grouping of factory paperwork are in Excellent condition. Also included is one .45 ACP and one .45 Colt cylinder, along with the .454 Casull cylinder that is currently installed. The cylinders have faint drag lines showing limited use, two have brown suede bags, in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_Arms “Co-founder Dick Casull had been experimenting with several prototype rounds since 1956. Casull felt he could offer a more powerful version of the .45 Colt and .44 Remington Magnum and built a number of 5-shot prototypes on Ruger Super Blackhawk frames. Freedom Arms was the first commercial producer for revolvers chambered in this caliber, the .454 Casull, in 1983. This model is still manufactured today as the Model 83. A number of variants upon the Model 83 have been produced, all with five-shot cylinders. The first was a .45 Colt in February 1986 (54 examples sold 1986-1989, serial numbers E7201-E7254), followed closely by a .44 Magnum version. In 1991, Freedom Arms introduced the Model 252 in .22 long rifle and in 1992 the model 353 in .357 Magnum, including a 9 inch variation produced to meet the 4lb maximum weight requirement for IHMSA Silhouette competition. In 1993 the Model 555 was introduced in .50 Action Express. .41 Magnum and .475 Linebaugh chamberings were introduced in 1997 and 1999 respectively. Freedom Arms introduced their own .500 Wyoming Express in the Model 83 .500 WE in 2005.” This is a Great looking extremely well-made revolver made right here in the U.S.A. in Freedom, Wyoming, by a group that by and far always exceeds expectations with their fit and finish, selection of materials and SOLID actions. This revolver looks to have seen minimal use outside of the factory and whoever ordered this pistol originally certainly opted for some nice extra features. The recessed crown, factory action job, special grips and adjustable sights pair well with the 7 1/2″ octagonal barrel. The bright brushed stainless steel pops and one needs to hold this revolver in order to fully appreciate its quality. If we could transport one of these back to Samuel Colt in the 1800’s he’d surely pass out. Please see our pictures and good luck.