Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 118: Antique Colt Single Action Army Flattop Target

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Documented Colt San Francisco Agency Shipped Black Powder Single Action Army Flattop Target .32 Colt Revolver with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $12,000

Documented Colt San Francisco Agency Shipped Black Powder Single Action Army Flattop Target .32 Colt Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 32 Colt
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
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Catalog Page: 140
Class: Antique
Description:

Offered here is a rarity is SAA collecting as it is one of only 925 Single Action Army Flattop Target revolvers manufactured by Colt between 1888 and 1896, and one of only 24 chambered in .32 Colt (see David Brown's "The 36 Calibers of the Colt Single Action Army," page 202). The accompanying factory letter confirms the flattop configuration with 7 1/2 inch barrel in .32 caliber, blue finish and hard rubber stocks. The letter also states the revolver was shipped on November 9, 1889 to Colt's San Francisco Agency, San Francisco, CA. This was a single gun shipment. The barrel has the one-line Hartford address and lacks a caliber marking. The revolver is fitted with target sights. The frame has the three-line patent dates marking. "32 CAL" is stamped on the left side of the trigger guard. Matching serial numbers appear are on the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The last two digits of the serial number ("35") are hand marked on the back of each grip panel.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 60% plus bright original high polish blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance and some pitting. The grips are fine with overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. A very scarce black powder Colt Single Action Army Flattop Target .32 Colt Revolver missing from even the most advanced collections.



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