1st Generation Colt Single Action Army SAA 7 1/2″ .45 Revolver 1887 Antique

SOLD FOR: $4,500

WOA#: WY240120EC012

Make: Colt

Model: Single Action Army

Serial Number: 121152

Year of Manufacture: 1887 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)

Caliber: .45 Colt, Black Powder

Action Type: 6-Shot Single Action Revolver with Side Gate Loaded 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 “V”-notch integral to the topstrap.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is one-piece wood.  There are scattered compressions and scratches throughout. The bottom edges have some more prominent scuffs and nicks. The front right bottom edge at the frame has a small loss. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition as Antique.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is gray with well-defined rifling. There is scattered light-moderate erosion and pitting in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates 6/10.

Most antique firearms have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the use of black powder. When fired, black powder reacts corrosively. NRA Antique Firearm Conditions Standards are quite lenient for bores. In some cases the NRA standards disregarded the bore’s condition for collectors firearms.

Overall Condition: This revolver retains about none of its metal finish. Most of the metal has been worn to white with general erosion even throughout the parts.  The worn to white portions have taken a deep patina.  There are tool marks around some screw-heads. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are generally clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Very Good condition as Antique.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. The cylinder locks with little play on each chamber. The cylinder bushing was removable, but is seized in place. We were not able to remove the bushing. We have not fired this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: The Colt Single Action Army revolver stands as a quintessential symbol of American heritage, epitomizing the spirit of the frontier era. Serving as the official sidearm of the United States during the final twenty years of the 19th century, it was wielded by a diverse cast of characters including pioneers, outlaws, and lawmen as they navigated the challenges of a nation in expansion. Its allure has transcended generations, capturing the imagination of audiences through its depictions in film and television, a legacy that continues to this day. This particular model, crafted in 1887, showcases the enduring craftsmanship of Colt’s Single Action Army, featuring remarkably good mechanics for its age, a bore in respectable condition considering its 140-year history with black powder, and all original parts bearing matching serial numbers.

The revolver bears the marks of genuine wear, a testament to its journey through time, yet retains a commendable level of functionality. Despite this, the revolver operates smoothly, underscoring the durability and reliability that have made the 1st Generation Single Action Army revolvers highly collectible. This piece is no exception, representing a tangible link to the storied past of the American West and the enduring legacy of the Colt Single Action Army as an icon of American history and craftsmanship. Please see our photos and good luck! – L.S.

1st Generation Colt Single Action Army SAA 7 1/2" .45 Revolver 1887 Antique
1st Generation Colt Single Action Army SAA 7 1/2″ .45 Revolver 1887 Antique