Colt 1st Generation SAA Single Action Army, Real Texas Cowboy Revolver c. 1904 in 38-40 with Original Heiser Holster

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Colt 1st Generation SAA Single Action Army, Real Texas Cowboy  Revolver c. 1904 in 38-40 with Original Heiser Holster  Guns > Pistols > Colt Single Action Revolvers - 1st Gen.
Description: Here is a very real Cowboy Colt Single Action Army revolver used in Texas after the turn of the last century. This is a 4.75” barrel, standard grips, in .38/40 caliber. It was born in 1904 (serial #255xxx) and shipped to Simmons Hardware, St. Louis, Missouri, with 39 other guns, on July 23rd of that year. Sometime later, it found its way into the possession of Phillip Elbert Klapper (1907 to 1974), in or around Childress, Texas. He was a young working cowboy who also did some rodeos. He worked on one or more ranches, near Childress in Cottle, Motley and/or Hardeman Counties, whose cattle carried the HC brand. He is buried in the Goodlett Cemetary, Wheatland, Hardeman County, Texas.

There are a number of marks on the Colt which bear mentioning as follows: The stamping “P. E. Klapper” on the right side of the frame; What looks to be “PHILL” on the butt; On the bottom of both grips is a group of five punches in the arrangement one would find five dots on a die; This five punch also shows up on the left frame above the trigger; There is a line of dots down the center of the top strap; On the inside of the right grip are scratched “IT” and “E” in different locations; The inside of the left grip has “WIT” legibly, and very faintly under that appears to be “Hooker”. There are some other illegible faint marks which might be “los rios”, but that’s a stretch, even using my imagination. The grips appear to be original to the gun, particularly because of the “five dot” stamp. They are well used, and the right one is mended. It also has a small mother of pearl inlay on the edge of the Colt Oval. All I can do is wonder…… The front sight appears to be replaced as it is thicker than normal - possibly nickel silver.

The holster accompanying the Colt has apparently been with it since Young Mr. Klapper had it. It is a vintage H. H. Heiser style #413 double loop variety with the HC (connected) brand carved on the face of it.

These sorts of markings were most apt to be done by young men or boys, who were proud of their gun, or bored, and thought to personalize it. It is not common for Colts to actually be tied to specific areas, states or counties, much less specific people. This is great chance for a collector to own one of these extremely sought after pieces. The Colt's Archives letter is also included.

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Our prices reflect a 4% discount for cash or certified funds (Cashier’s Check, USPS Money Order – no Western Union or other type money order). Credit card payments do not receive this discount. We can take VISA or MasterCard, and will consider trades for U.S. gold and silver coins at spot value. Contact information can be found by Googling Columbia Precision (tang sights).

Condition: Used - See Item Description
Brand: Colt
UPC: SAA 1873
Caliber: .38-40
Location: CO

Trades Accepted: We will consider trades & U.S. gold/silver coins.

Prices are generally firm, but some trades are excepted for partial payment. Cashier's Checks are the preferred method of payment, USPS Money Orders, 2nd choice. Personal checks are held for two weeks, and discouraged. No PayPal. Foreign sales are possible with proper brokerage, payment (usually credit card) and shipping arrangements. We will ship to California (which is almost a foreign country!) Layaway is possible for items priced over $1500, with payments including 1/3 down, 1/3 at 30 days and final payment with shipping at 60 days. Card fees are 4% with VISA and MasterCard preferred. Shipping is generally USPS Priority, insured. Shipping amounts quoted may be changed to the exact cost if requested, and overseas shipping will be charged on specific individual item shipping cost. With two partners, I own Pawnee Sportsmens Center LLC, near Fort Collins, Colorado. We have trap & skeet, sporting clays, rifle/pistol, 1000-yard range, 3-gun, cowboy action shooting, and upland game bird hunting. I have done antique and obsolete firearms repairs as well as restorations and appraisals for 40 years. I primarily deal in Lever Action Winchesters and Colt Single Action Army revolvers. We have some Colt and Winchester parts, and I manufacture the Columbia Precision Tang Peep Sight for lever guns and some single shots. If you Google Columbia Precision, you can get to my direct email

Shipping Notes: Priority, insured.

Item #: 955019394
Stock No.: RBSAATEX.38543
Seller Since: Feb. 2002
Seller Level: Trusted Seller
This seller is an FFL
City: Timnath
State: CO
Phone: 303-808-2007

Shipping: $100.00 (or Arrange local transfer)
Accepted Payment Methods: Visa MasterCard Check Money Order
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