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US Colt Single Action Army

Posted by Michael H. Collins on Thursday, 16 January 2014, at 1:37 a.m.

This may be a little off topic but since the troops in the 7th and 8th Cavalry carried both the Springfield 1873 Trapdoor Saddle Ring Carbines and Colt's 1873 Single Action Armies for the most part, I thought I'd post this. A few months ago I purchased a US Marked Colt Single Action Army Serial Number 9499. This gun was in what appeared to be in it's original 7 1/2 inch configuration and had all matching serial numbers. O.W.Ainsworth inspected throughout and manufactured in 1874. The gun functions flawlessly but shows some wear and tear. There was no visible cartouche remaining on the grips as they were worn but still fit very good. the gun is dark. I bought it reasonable at $3,000.00. It was part of a small collection and it had been collected many decades ago.

When I received it, I studied it under magnification over and over and I couldn't find any faults with it. The numbers and letters looked real and the address had the broken letters from the worn and chipped die. Finding one of these unmolested is really rare and I was still a bit skeptical so I sent it out to John Kopec for $337.00 plus change to get a letter.

Today, I received the letter from John stating that the gun is 100% correct. It was new listing in his records. SN's 9595 and 9698 were both issued to the 8th Cavalry in 1874. Kopec states in his letter that there is some question as to why this Colt had escaped the ordinance departments recall in 1893 and has remained in it's original configuration. He states that "We can only speculate that it had escaped this recall because of being lost, stolen {deserter} or captured by hostile Indians". He then goes on to describe the original condition right down to the grips and concludes by saying he has enjoyed reviewing this interesting old colt revolver. Sincerely yours, John A. Kopec.

These old Colts like the Trapdoors are hard to find in 100% original unmolested condition and configuration so I thought I'd post this here since I'm an Indian Wars Collector and condition is never a factor with me. I'm feeling very upbeat tonight..Thanks again guys. Sincerely, Michael H. Collins


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