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This Single Action from 1883 spent it's working career in the State of Texas , surfacing from a Ft. Worth collection. Serial No. 9421X has the 4-3/4 inch barrel, quite popular with those working with a Colt. It has about 60-65% original nickel plate finish. dominant on the frame and lesser amounts on the barrel. However, the cylinder has only fragments in the flutes, the balance is a soft untouched natural dark patina. Whether it is carried in a holster, or just laid to rest, the cylinder takes the hardest wear. This SAA has wonderful original Eagle Grips, showing minimal hand wear, with no damage.

left view of original eagle grips of Colt SAA .45 with factory letter

Minimal wear on the Eagle Grips, plus you can see the original nickel on the frame, where it is quite strong. Note the faded fire blue screw heads. The working action of this Colt is extremely crisp. A firm cocking action, half cock, indexing, and locking tight to fire. It also releases to fire perfectly.

left side view of Colt SAA .45 with eagle grips and factory letter

PRICE $ 3,250

right view of CSAA .45 with eagle grips and factory letter

bottom view of 1883 Colt SAA .45 4-3/4" barrel

top view of 1883 Colt .45 4-3/4" barrel

right grip of Colt SAA original eagle grips with factory letter

close up of SAA .45 with original factory grips and factory letter

         RICHARDS-MASON, Conversion of the Colt 1860     Army .44 Revolver

This is the smallest production example, and the MOST important. It clearly showed the commitment to an all cartridge revolver, and the end of Colt's percussion era. Manufactured from 1877 - 1878 in a quantity of ONLY 2,100 revolvers. This would be the LAST Colt cartridge revolver that had any connection to the 1860 Army. The back half of course are the altered parts of the 1860, BUT the barrel was a SPECIAL manufactured  barrel, a solid barrel with attached ejector rod and housing. Sometimes referred to as the solid or "S" barrel. It is absolutely the MOST difficult conversion for the Colt collector to obtain. Serial No. 659X is TOTALLY matching, all parts, cylinder etc... It retains all the cylinder scene, but faded from use.

cylinder and all parts match of this conversion Colt

 This Colt was nickel plated at the factory and retains about 40%, the balance is a soft gray untouched original patina.  The one piece Walnut grips are damage free, but do show traces of handling and use. All factory applied markings are present: barrel address, frame patents, serial numbers, cylinder scene. ALL parts are original to the Colt. Mechanically this Richards-Mason works PERFECTLY on each and every working action. It half cocks, cocks, cylinder indexes and locks tight, then releases to fire. Each and every time the hammer is pulled to the rear. An important revolver to the evolution of Colt, and the TRUE first cartridge revolver barrel for center fire cartridges. It was the actual bridge from percussion to cartridge, and the last Colt to be seen with any characteristics of percussion lineage. These revolvers were very popular on the frontier and MANY photo's of Cattle Drives show Cowboys with this Model Colt.

full left side of Richards-Mason conversion colt 1860 Army

PRICE $ 3,250

Richards-Mason conversion of Colt 1860 Army .44

bottom view of Richards-Mason conversion revolver

Photo clearly shows the nickel plating present on the trigger guard and back strap.

top view of conversion Colt 1860 Army .44

Photo clearly shows the nickel on the back strap and the recoil shield area. Plus remnants on the rear of cylinder.

close up of Richards-Mason revolver

solid barrel with ejector housing of 1860 Army .44

The new " solid" barrel with ejector housing is clearly shown.

walnut grips of Richards-Mason conversion .44




This Single Action Army .45, was shipped in 1890 to Browning Brothers, in Ogden , Territory of Utah. Note: the letter states Ogden, NOT Ogden/Salt Lake City. So, this is early for the Browning bros. as they had not yet opened their Salt Lake City shop. Serial No. 11782X was a Colt Factory Nickel Plate finish, however today about 35% is still present. The balance of the finish is a soft medium gay, some plum, patina. It is untouched and all original. ALL factory applied markings are still present: barrel address, frame patents, serial numbers, caliber mark on trigger guard shoulder. ALL parts are the original parts to this Colt. The SAA is fitted with the checkered hard rubber " Eagle " grips. They remain in very, very good condition showing minimal hand wear.

Left side view of eagle grips of Utah Colt

MOST IMPORTANT: the working action is in PERFECT condition. All the hammer notches function correctly, the cylinder rotates, indexes and locks tight. It releases to fire as it should.

left full view of Utah Colt with factory colt letter

Utah territory Colt SAA .45 5-1/2" barrel w/factory letter

bottom view of Utah territory Colt SAA .45 1890

top view of Utah Colt 1890 with factory colt letter

eagle checkered hard rubber grips on the Utah territory revolver

close up of Colt SAA .45 5-1/2" barrel Utah Territory

A true veteran of the Old Western Frontier. Also, a highly sought after Territorial shipped Single Action, and Utah being a scarcer ship !! PRICE $4,550


This is a very small production window for the conversions of the 1861 Navy revolver. Only 2,200 were ever made, and issued / sold in the Mid-1870's The Model of 1861 is considered by many to be the most "elegant" of all the percussion series, with sleek lines. This one, Serial No.187X, has an unusual feature. Below EACH serial number, appears a deliberate "punch dot". Although this 1861 does not have a U.S.N. marking, it is one of a few which were pulled from production, and sent to the Navy to complete an order, or to replace a failed Navy. ALL Serial Numbers , all locations, are matching including cylinder. The overall condition is as follows: 60-65% factory original nickel plate, the balance a soft plum/gray patina. Almost all the brass still has the plating, and is untouched. The cylinder has 50% nickel, as the "lay down" side is less, however, the cylinder scene is still crisp and clear.

cylinder scene of 1861 Navy conversion revolver

The grips show hand use over the years, and a small percentage of varnish is present, with only the slightest corner rounding. Most IMPORTANT: The working action is PERFECT. The hammer cocking positions all function 100% correctly. The cylinder advances, locks tight, and indexes properly and has a smooth release to fire. ALL the screw heads are clean. ALL factory applied markings: barrel address, frame patents, caliber on shoulder, and serial numbers are all highly visible. ALL parts are original to this 1861 Conversion. A SCARCE and significant revolver, and the arming of the Navy in the Mid 1870's. PRICE $2,850

Colt Navy-Navy revolver 1861 Navy conversion CF 1870's

bottom view of Colt 1861 Navy conversion to .38 CF

top of Model1861 percussion Navy

1861 navy conversion to CF grips varnished

close up of Colt Navy-Navy revolver 1870's

right view of elegant Colt Navy conversion .38 CF-

JANUARY 17, 2020


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