*SOLD* 1929 Colt Single Action Army .38spl 5.5" -HOLY GRAIL .38spl 1st GENERATION

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  • 1929 Colt Single Action Army .38spl 5.5" -HOLY GRAIL .38spl 1st GENERATION
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  • 1929 Colt Single Action Army .38spl 5.5" -HOLY GRAIL .38spl 1st GENERATION



Item Description

Bryant Ridge Auction Company is pleased to present this iconic single-action revolver today for a penny-start auction...this is the Colt Single Action Army 1st Generation!

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This is a scarce Single Action Army 1st Generation that's chambered in .38 Special; only 25 were known to exist in .38 Special, but it is only based on the known number of Colt Factory Archives letters acknowledging that caliber and that while the caliber remains extremely scarce/uncommon for Colt Collectors, it is much more likely that several hundred were manufactured than only 25 but either way this is still an extremely scarce single action army and is the Holy Grail for Colt collectors!

According to our research, the stamp on the Cylinder (last two digits) of the serial number and the O in Hartford (backwards C) indicates that this particular example is all correct and has not been rebarreled, which makes this example much more desirable!

Manufacturer: Colt 
Model: Single Action Army 1st Generation
Serial: 353278
Date of Manufacture: 1929 
Caliber: .38 Special
Finish: Blue and color case hardened
Barrel Length: 5 1/2"
Optics/Sights: Fixed blade front sight with Fixed square notch rear sight
Stock/Grips: Black checkered grips with Rampant horses
Action: Single-Action
Markings: Standard / The butt is stamped with a gold inlaid "JBG" and the backstrap is stamped with a gold inlaid "2".

Bryant Ridge's Analysis:
The Colt Single Action Army (also known as the Model P, Peacemaker, M1873, Single Action Army, SAA, ) is a single-action revolver with a revolving cylinder holding six metallic cartridges. It was designed for the U.S. government service revolver trials of 1873 by Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company, today Colt’s Manufacturing Company, and adopted as the standard military service revolver until 1892. It is perhaps the most copied, fraudulently modified to replicate an original Colt SAA, than any other revolver made. At the beginning of World War II, Colt ceased production of the Single Action Army revolver to devote more time to filling orders for the war. When the war ended, no plans were made to revive the Single Action Army revolver as the design was seen as obsolete. However, the advent of television and Western-themed movies created customer demand for the Colt resumed manufacturing in 1956 with the Second Generation line of Single Action Army revolvers.

From 1873 through 1940 (with small numbers assembled during and after World War II, the so called "Pre-War, Post-War" model), production of the Colt Single Action Army reached 357,859. This is identified as the "Pre War" or "First Generation" of the model. Calibers, at least thirty in all, ranged from .22 rimfire through .476 Eley, with approximately half, or 158,884 (including Bisley and Flat Top Target variations), chambered for .45 Colt. The next most prevalent were the .44-40 Winchester Center fire (WCF) at 71,392; 38-40 (38 WCF) at 50,520; 32-20 Winchester (32 WCF) at 43,284 and, the 41 Colt at 19,676. 

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We gladly offer a 3 day unfired inspection policy from the time that the firearm is delivered to your FFL. Refunds are available for all qualifying orders. 

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Return Policy

We gladly offer a 3 day unfired inspection policy from the time that the firearm is delivered to your FFL. Refunds are available for all qualifying orders. 


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