It was similar in design to the Colt Model 1877.

The top of the trigger slips beyond the strut so that the hammer will stay in full cock if it is pulled back manually. Simply go to the Colt homepage and hover your mouse to the “Customer Service” tab. More than likely the owner in the 19th century. Additional period calibers for the SAA included. This "solid head" case is stronger and resists deformation of the primer pocket. * Any guns above serial number 40300 are considered to be By the Colt SAA was being offered from the factory in additional calibers for civilian and foreign military sales. Globe Pequot Press. In the days after the auction each winning bidder will have the invoice calculated including any packing and shipping charges, and Tax if applicable. After Colt's patent expired in 1857, other manufacturers began producing double-action revolvers, but Colt's Manufacturing did not manufacture its own double-action revolver until 1877, twenty years after the patent had expired.[2]. In there is a useful function called “Serial Number Lookup”, click it then enter the serial numbers and characters on your Colt. The Model was considered a more robust and reliable design than the Model The design of the Model was based on the Modelwhich in turn was based heavily on the design of the earlier Colt Single Action Army revolver. Hidden categories: Articles with short description Use dmy dates from June Namespaces Article Talk. [1] Revolvers with 4-inch and shorter barrels did not have an ejector.[1]. Sadly, many of these old revolvers have not survived to the present. Text Reminder. Bore has strong rifling with some light pits. Most importantly the chambers in the cylinder were within spec for 44 WCF and the rifling in the barrel was strong with no evidence of corrosion or pitting in the bore. ALL parts are original to the Colt, and the screw heads are clean and crisp. At one time, the factory modified Model 1878 cylinders for use in single-action revolvers in an attempt to use up spare parts.[3]. Handgun Caliber:.38 Short Colt Manufacturer: Colt Model: 1878 DA Serial Number: 41930 Caliber Info: 38-40, .38 WCF Bore Info: Good Condition: 40% Metal Condition: 40% Bore Condition: 40% Manufacture Date: 1900 Grips: Appear to be original Checkered hard rubber grips are Excellent with perfect fit to the metal No chips, cracks, or repairs, a desirable antique pre serial number. * Any guns above serial number 40300 are considered to be modern under the 1968 … Its overall appearance has remained consistent since Colt has discontinued its production twice, but brought it back due to popular demand. The design of the Model 1878 was based on the Model 1877, which in turn was based heavily on the design of the earlier Colt Single Action Army revolver. Barrel lengths available were 3, 3-1/2, 4, 4-3/4, 5-1/2, and 7-1/2 inches. For other Colt Double Action firearms, see, "Colt Frontier" redirects here. Made in 1896. Iola, wisconsin: Krause Publications. With regard to fixing the lock work and possibly retiming the revolver, there are only a handful of capable gunsmiths in the United States who can complete this type of work. These revolvers had 6-inch barrels, hard rubber grips, and were chambered for the .45 Colt round. If that amount is reached at any point in the auction we cancel your remaining bids. This is good, as it further clarifies factory Gold finish. The revolver had a fair degree of pitting and had been reblued at least once in its life. When you cycle the action The thought of a loading gate being used to align a cylinder with the barrel was not Colt's finest moment in terms of mechanical innovation but it got the job done. True, aside from private purchases by officers, it was never the ideal choice for any military but this gun had a knack for being a large caliber handgun, readily available at the right place and time during military emergencies.