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The Single Action Army revolver is an icon of both Colt and American history as it was used by both the famous and infamous. This example is a first-generation, all matching, martially marked Colt SAA revolver with 7 1/2-inch barrel, commonly known as the “cavalry model”, with three-line patent marking and conventional barrel address. Manufactured in 1885, during the Wild West and Indian war period, David F. Clark’s (Principle Sub-inspector) marks are found on the barrel, frame, receiver, cylinder, right grip (cartouche), and butt of left grip (initials). The Colt inspection letter ‘G’ is found under the serial numbers on the butt strap and trigger guard strap. Left grip is marked 1885 above Capt. Frank Heath’s (Ordinance Inspector, US Army) cartouche (FH) that is partially damaged by a chip in the wood. Receiver is marked US on the left side behind the patent dates. The bottom of the barrel and side of the cylinder both bear ‘P” proof marks, the rear cylinder face caries an ‘S’ mark, and the right side of the rear receiver face (under the grips and grip strap) is stamped with the letter ‘U’. Loading gate assembly number 647 matches assembly number on receiver, under the trigger guard. Has the early, round style ejector head. Bore is excellent. Service wear is found along the bottom edge of both grips, very common. This revolver both looks good and slides easy into hand; the 3-click action working seamlessly and is strong and crisp. See pictures for overall condition. Antique. Check with a local FFL dealer to confirm your state laws governing ownership of an antique handgun before purchasing this item.
Colt's PT.F.A. MFG Co.
7 ½ inch
excellent, clean, bright, well-defined rifling