Featured Gun: First Generation Colt Single Action Army For Sale

The Colt Single Action Army revolver is one of the most recognizable and replicated handguns in history. No Colt revolver has earned greater fame than the Single Action Army. Playing a pivotal role as one of the guns that helped win the West, Colt’s Single Action Army was used by soldiers and civilians alike and is still in production more than 140 years after it entered U.S. Army service. The revolver had limited service in the Spanish American War, Philippine Insurrection and even the U.S.-Mexico border conflict in the early 1900s. By World War I and World War II, the Single Action Army was out of circulation, although U.S. General George S. Patton carried a Single Action Army revolver as his personal sidearm throughout World War II.

Firing the .45 Colt cartridge, it ushered in a new era of modern firearms features by introducing a feature that allowed the shooter to easily load and unload cartridges. Standard technology at the time for revolvers was a cumbersome process. Before the Single Action Army, revolvers like the 1851 Navy required the shooter to fill the chamber with gun powder, insert wads to help seal the chamber to prevent chain fires and press the built-in rod to shove the load deep into the chamber. It was only then the shooter could add a round projectile into the chamber and then once again shove the projectile deep into the chamber with the built- in rod. This process had to be repeated another five times before a shooter could be fully loaded.

Colt’s innovation eliminated the hard work of reloading and allowed the shoot to expend more rounds in less time. The shooter only had to load pre-manufactured metallic cartridges into the cylinder in a port located behind the chamber.

Older nineteenth-century Model 1873 and Peacemakers revolvers are highly prized by collectors. Although extremely dated and obsolete, Colt still produces new copies of the Single Action Army for the modern market.

For those on the hunt for a first generation Colt Single Action Army revolver, D4 Guns has one in stock in good condition. This 120 year old revolver has matching serial numbers and is in overall fair condition, something hard to come across as more and more time goes by. This revolver is the real deal, not a Post-World War II or movie replica and it will sell quick.