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The official letter from Colt historian, Kathleen Hoyt,
has this gun being originally manufactured
and shipped to England in November of 1891.
This first generation, original in 70% plus condition Colt Single Action Army Revolver 44-40 Collectible
is chambered in 44/40 the cylinder bores are in great condition.
The barrel bore has a few spots of neglect but overall is very good for its age.
The Single Action Army became available in standard barrel lengths of 4¾ inch, 5½ inch, as well as the Cavalry standard, original 7½ inch.
The shorter barrelled revolvers are sometimes called the “Civilian” or “Gunfighter” model (4¾ inch) and the Artillery Model (5½ inch).
There was also a variant with a sub-4-inch barrel, without an ejector rod, unofficially called the “Sheriff’s Model”, “Banker’s Special”, or “Storekeeper”.
From 1875 until 1880 Colt marketed a single-action revolver in .44 rimfire Henry calibre in a separate number range from no. 1 to 1,863.
A “Flattop Target Model” was listed in Colt’s catalogues from 1890 to 1898.
Colt manufactured 914 of these revolvers with a frame that was flat on top and fitted with an adjustable leaf rear sight.
The front sight consisted of a base with an interchangeable blade
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