Colt SAA, .44 -40 cal. revolver, 7 1/2″ barrel, Blue, 3rd Gen, 1978

SOLD FOR: $2,525

WOA#: WY240129AC033

Make: Colt

Model: Single Action Army 44-40

Serial Number: SA60197

Year of Manufacture: 1978-1993

Caliber: 44-40

Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate

Markings:  The left side of the barrel is marked “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER 44-40”.  The bottom of the frame and in front of the trigger are marked “SA60197”.  The grips have Colt Rampant and Eagle molds. The top of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT.F.A.MFG.Co / HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A.”.

Barrel Length: 7.5”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed to a raised smooth ramp integral to the barrel.  The rear sight is a rectangular notch integral to the top strap.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered black plastic with rampant colt in oval at their tops and American Eagle at their bottoms The checkering is sharp with good definition in the colts and eagles. There are no chips or cracks.  Overall the grips rate inExcellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blued, Parkerized

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition:  The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates a 10/10.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. The turn line is thin and faint.  The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly.   The trigger is crisp. We have not fired this revolver. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Comes in original Colt box and original users manual and paperwork.

Our Assessment:  The Colt Single Action Army (SAA) revolver chambered in .44-40 caliber with a 7 1/2″ barrel, finished in blue, and manufactured in 1978-1993 is a fine example of Colt’s enduring legacy in firearm craftsmanship. As part of the 3rd Generation of Colt SAAs, this revolver maintains the iconic design and robust construction that have made it a symbol of the American West. With its longer barrel length and classic blue finish, this SAA revolver embodies the timeless elegance and rugged reliability that Colt is renowned for.

The .44-40 caliber, also known as the .44 Winchester Center Fire (WCF), was a popular cartridge during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, favored for its versatility and effectiveness. It was commonly used in both handguns and rifles, making it a popular choice among shooters and hunters of the time. In this SAA revolver, the .44-40 caliber offers potent performance suitable for target shooting, hunting, or cowboy action shooting competitions.

Manufactured in 1978-1993, this Colt SAA represents a pinnacle of Colt’s production during the 3rd Generation era. The revolver’s blue finish provides a classic aesthetic appeal while also offering protection against corrosion and wear. As a collector’s piece, this SAA revolver holds historical significance and retains value for enthusiasts of Colt firearms and American Western heritage. Its combination of craftsmanship, caliber, and vintage appeal makes it a prized addition to any firearms collection.  Please see our photos and good luck bidding!  C.J.

Colt SAA, .44 -40 cal. revolver, 7 1/2" barrel, Blue, 3rd Gen, 1978