The Colt Single Action Army is one of the most iconic firearms of the American west, and it, alongside the Winchester Model 1873, are often cited as the "guns that won the west". This example certainly has the look of "been there, done that". Manufactured in early 1898 with the standard one-line address on top of the barrel and caliber marking on the left, two-line patent dates and Rampant Colt on the left of the frame, and matching serial numbers on the frame, trigger guard, and back strap, with the assembly number "465" on the loading gate. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration as well as shipment to Walter Tips in Austin, Texas on 13 May 1898. Also included in a brass collection type tag marked "GRT/169".
Fine, retains 40% of the original nickel finish with some mild flaking throughout showing mostly an untouched original grey-brown patina on the balance with some light pitting, typical of a revolver that spent many years in a holster as a trusted companion on the frontier. The very good grips show even moderate wear and handling marks, consistent with having been pointed many times throughout its service. Mechanically excellent. A Single Action Army with the look of having been a part of "winning the west"!
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