Colt introduced the .41 Colt caliber to its famed SAA line in 1885. Colt author David Brown passionately summarized the .41 Colt caliber's alluring image: "The .41s were favorites in the West among men who wanted something a bit less husky than the .45 or the .44-40, yet something still dependable for man-stopping power at short ranges. The lawmen for the most part, clung to the bigger bores; but several famous outlaws are known to have liked the .41 Colts" (see "The 36 Calibers of the Colt Single Action Army," page 146). This example was manufactured in 1891 and has a classic look of a well seasoned sidearm that spent a lifetime carried at the hip of its previous owner. The barrel has the two-line Hartford address on top and "41 COLT" on left side. The frame has the two-line patent date marking followed by an encircled Rampant Colt. Matching serial numbers appear on the frame, trigger guard and back strap.
Fine as exhibiting an as-found appearance of a well traveled, well used and well cared for late 19th century small arm. The barrel and ejector rod housing retain 40% bright original polished blue finish, the cylinder retains 20% original blue, and the grip straps retain 30% original blue with a smooth brown-gray patina on the balance and some pitting at the muzzle. 40% original case colors remain on the frame and hammer. The grips are very fine with a couple of worn spots in the overall crisp checkering. Mechanically fine.
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