Model: Single Action Army
Serial Number: 46726SA
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single Action Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “Colt Single Action Army ..45”. The top of the barrel is stamped, “Colt’s P.T.F.A. Mfg. Co. Hartford, CT U.S.A.”. The left side of the frame is stamped “Pat. Sept. 19, 1871 / July 2, ’78 Jan. 19, 75”, followed by the rampant Colt logo. The serial number is found on the underside of the frame.
Barrel Length: 4 3/4″
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with standard fixed front and rear sights.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two piece checkered hard rubber. The checkering is sharp and the panels show practically no wear, only slight rubbing on the bottoms of both panels from box storage. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue . Case Color Hardened
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no evidence of pitting or erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is slight thinning at the muzzle and the right side of the trigger at the frame. There is only a VERY FAINT drag line in the cylinder. The backstrap shows thinning, as does the loading gate. One flute has a nick on it, as does the forward left side of the top strap. The case color has begun to fade only a bit. otherwise, this revolver is sharp and shows light use and careful storage its whole life. The Screw heads are sharp, though showing a few turns. The markings are crisp. Overall, this gun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions as designed, though we have not test fired this pistol.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This gun comes in an original Stagecoach Box, with Letter, “Care and Cleaning”, “Service Stations”, Screwdriver, Instructions and insert. The inside of the lid has some handwriting in pen, apparently from a date of purchase. This has been photographed. The lid has “OK / 2-28” marked in pencil and both ends show “7 1/2 / 45”. This box was apparently not original to the pistol.
Our Assessment: At the beginning of World War II, Colt ceased production of the Single Action Army revolver to devote more time to filling orders for the war. When the war ended, no plans were made to revive the Single Action Army revolver as the design was seen as obsolete. However, the advent of television and Western themed movies created customer demand for the revolver, so Colt resumed manufacture in 1956 with the Second Generation line of Single Action Army revolvers. The SAA is probably the most recognizable handgun in the world, and certainly one of the most important.
Second Generation SAA’s are considered the most well made of the SAA’s, desired by series shooter and serious collectors today. This one will make either happy.
Sold For: $2,775