Original U.S. Colt .45cal Single Action Army Revolver with Ivory Grips made in 1884 - Serial 108899

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is every School boy's dream! A real Cowboy six gun! This very nice Colt SAA (Single Action Army) Revolver has a 5 1/4" barrel, and very nice ivory with decades of wear and patina! The revolver's serial number is 108899, which dates production to 1884. It is in working order and condition, showing quite a bit of wear from age. The grip frame has been replaced at some point, with serial 67134, manufactured in 1881. The markings on the top of the barrel are all but worn off, and we can only make out a few letters.

The patent dates on the left side of the frame are very faint, but still show dates of 1871, 1872 and 1875. The frame, grip, and trigger guard all bear the serial number clearly, so this pistol has most likely not been refinished at any time. The cylinder serial number is completely worn away. The only real change aside from the replacement grip frame is that the barrel was shortened from the original 7 1/2 inches to a more "cowboy friendly" 5 1/4 inches, and a new front sight installed.

The trigger guard is marked .45 CAL, indicating that it is chambered for .45 COLT, also known as .45 "LONG" Colt, one of the most legendary handgun cartridges of the old west.

Mechanically, the action is smooth, and dry fires, though there is definitely slop in the action. and as with any revolver of this age, it can be finicky. The cylinder stops and the lock are both worn, so the cylinder does not lock securely. The bore is nice, with clear lands and grooves and a dull finish. The ejector door swings open easily, and the ejector itself works great. Overall this is a very nice pistol with loads of patina and history.

Pistols such as this are extremely difficult to find today at any reasonable price. This example is just ideal for any Wild West Collection. A great collector's revolver, ready to display!

History of the Colt Single Single Action Army

Bound by the Rollin White patent (#12,648, April 3, 1855) and not wanting to pay a royalty fee to Smith & Wesson, Colt could not begin development of bored-through revolver cylinders for metallic cartridge use until April 4, 1869. For the design, Colt turned to two of its best engineers: William Mason and Charles Brinckerhoff Richards who had developed a number of revolvers and black powder conversions for the company. Their effort was designed for the United States government service revolver trials of 1872 by Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company and adopted as the standard military service revolver. Production began in 1873 with the Single Action Army model 1873, also referred to as the "New Model Army Metallic Cartridge Revolving Pistol".

The very first production Single Action Army, serial number 1, thought lost for many years after its production, was found in a barn in Nashua, New Hampshire in the early 1900s. It was chambered in .45 Colt, a centerfire design containing charges of up to 40 grains (2.6 g) of fine-grained black powder and a 255-grain (16.5 g) blunt roundnosed bullet. Relative to period cartridges and most later handgun rounds, it was quite powerful in its full loading.

The Colt Single Action Army revolver, along with the 1870 and 1875 Smith & Wesson Model 3 "Schofield" revolver, replaced the Colt 1860 Army Percussion revolver. The Colt quickly gained favor over the S&W and remained the primary US military sidearm until 1892 when it was replaced by the .38 Long Colt caliber Colt Model 1892, a double-action revolver with swing-out cylinder. By the end of 1874, serial no. 16,000 was reached; 12,500 Colt Single Action Army revolvers chambered for the .45 Colt cartridge had entered service and the remaining revolvers were sold in the civilian market.

The Colt .45 is a famous piece of American history, known as "The Gun That Won the West". The Single Action army is a very popular firearm, even today, and it continues to be produced in various configurations.


Year of Manufacture: 1884 & 1881 (grip frame)
Caliber: .45 "Long" Colt
Ammunition Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 5 1/4  inches

Overall Length: 11 inches
Action: Single Action
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver

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