This is a well used Colt Single Action Army revolver made in 1881 (serial #72359), .45 Long Colt caliber, 4.75" barrel (probably shortened from 7.5"). It has virtually no finish, but functions correctly, all clicks and lock up, original one piece walnut grips (numbered to the gun in ink in the back strap, but a little shrunken) and all matching numbers. Over the years it has been repaired and maintained, with various screws replaced and a new ejector rod and cylinder pin added, but maintains its originality and character. Serial numbers match, however the back strap serial on the butt is worn away. The last four digits of the serial number appear on the barrel under the ejector housing. The bore is frosted, but bright, with no more than light surface pitting. The Colt was shipped to N. Curry & Bros., San Francisco, October 28, 1881, part of a shipment of 30 guns. As an antique (made prior to 1899), this Colt needs no FFL to transfer. An authentication letter from Colt is shown.
It is accompanied by a complete, matching double loop holster and cartridge belt rig. This was a high quality rig in its day, finely stitched and stamped in a basket weave pattern. It has had the buckle and tongue moved and restitched, but generally kept in good repair. It is supple and pliable. The belt measures 34.5" to 38" as it would buckle. Both the belt and holster are lined, and probably dates from the late 1800's. (Cartridges do not come with the rig.)
This vintage Colt was made before steel was incorporated into production in 1883, so firing this gun would not be encouraged. Until 1883, Colt frames were made of wrought iron. The first steel frames were put into production April 9, 1883. Further, smokeless powder was not authorized for use in SAA's until 1898.
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We will consider trades & U.S. gold/silver coins.
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 firearms restorations and appraisals for 35 years. We also deal in Lever Action Winchesters and Colt Single Action Army revolvers, among others. 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 will Google Columbia Precision, you can get to my direct email address and phone number.