Manufactured in 1904, this First Generation Single Action Army has every appearance of being a working man's gun on the Texas prairie. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration (grips not listed) as well as shipment to Walter Tips C/O W.B. Fox & Bros. in Austin, Texas. Tips operated a hardware store at 710 Congress Ave in Austin starting c. 1872. It has the standard two-line address on top of the barrel, caliber marking on the left, and two-line patent date on the left side of the frame along with the Rampant Colt. Matching serial numbers are visible on the frame, trigger guard, and back strap, and the loading gate has the assembly number "774". It has standard features.
Very good as worked on the Texas prairie, retains 20% of the original blue finish and traces of the original case colors in sheltered areas with the balance mostly a smooth grey patina and some scattered small patches of light pitting, as is typical of these Texas working guns. The grips are also very good showing some slight fading to an attractive chocolate brown from years spent in a holster as a trusted companion, and a few scattered minor scuffs in the otherwise well-defined checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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