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Colt Single Action Army Revolver

Extremely Early Civilian Colt SAA

Made in 1874

This is a very early 1874 made civilian Colt Single Action Army Revolver in .45 caliber.  Colt produced approximately 11,500 revolvers in 1874 (serial numbers 3500-15,000) of which approximately 1,552 went to the U.S. Civilian market. Thus, this 1874 Colt .45 is one of those guns. The gun shipped to H & D Folsom Arms Co. on August 3, 1874, serial #10598. There were 13 guns in this shipment, per factory letter – included.

Colt Single Action Army Revolver
Colt Single Action Army Revolver - Left side view

Colt SAA Features

This Colt SAA revolver is in good-to-very good condition, showing un-abused wear and use consistent to a 140 year old gun.  That is to say, it has all the features of an early SAA. Including the italicized single line barrel address. All the numbers on the gun match and all the parts appear to be original. However, there is a period replaced front sight (original sight would have been a German silver blade). Also, the walnut grips and a few screws were replaced.

All the markings are good.  Rarely found on civilian guns is the early italicized address showing on the barrel.  The mechanics are good as well as the bore. The gun shows some old re-bluing or cold blue applied which has mostly turned a plumb brown color. In addition, there is some minor surface erosion in a few areas and some knackering on the barrel – nothing serious. It looks like the barrel may have been used to tighten barb wire. Even though the grips are period replacements they fit perfectly and are very good.

Colt Single Action Army Revolver - Patent dates and screw slots
Colt Single Action Army Revolver - Barrel Address
Replaced front sight for this Colt Single Action Army Revolver
Colt Single Action Army Revolver - Period replacement grips

All in all it’s a very nice example of an extremely early civilian Colt SAA showing normal use and wear.


Clarks Antiques Firearms – Colt Single Action Army Revolver – Price $6,500.00

Item #1467


This Colt Single Action Army Revolver pairs well with our Antique Colt .45 Ammo