A Nurse with a Gun

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Number One

Click to enlargeUp for bids at Greg Martin Auctions is a uniquely unique Colt single action Army revolver. In a long line of firearms, the SAA revolver established Colt as the premier firearms manufacturer in the United States. This bare metal beauty was the first. Serial number one. One. Uno. Ichiban. Nyng.
Serial no. 1. 6-shot fluted cylinder, 7 1/2-inch barrel with slanted barrel address, "+ Colt's Pt. FAA. Mfg. Co., Hartford, Ct. U.S.A. +" on top of barrel. Left side of frame with two-line patent marking, "-Pat. July. 25.1871-/-Pat. July. 2. 1872.-" Serial no. 1 stamped on bottom of frame, on triggerguard strap, buttstrap, bottom of breech of barrel, and in ink on grips inside cutout for backstrap. K inspector initial on back of cylinder. 8 on inside curve of loading gate. Pinched top strap forming rear sight, German silver front sight blade. Click to enlargeRound ejector rod head, with bulbous contour to loading gate. Blued finish, with case-hardened frame and hammer. Varnished walnut grips.

Condition: Fine. 30% blue, 25% case-hardening. Brown and gray patina with wear. Minor surface pitting. Traces varnish on one-piece walnut grips. Custom-made display case of brown leather, contour-lined in gold velvet, the lid gold-tooled and with gold leaf inscription noting "The First Production Model of 'The Gun That Won the West' and The Most Famous Handgun in the World." Case by Arno Werner Bookbinders, c. 1987.
Yeah yeah yeah. What caliber is it, and if it's 45 Long Colt, can I fit a .45 ACP cylinder?

Estimate: $500000 - $1000000

Hats off to JR.

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5 Comments:

Blogger the pawnbroker said...

nice, but that finish...wonder what it would look like in desert tan or camo green? heh.

colt's no. 1...the ultimate gift for the rich wannabe who likes to play cowboy dressup with his friends...

jtc

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Connor said...

A $1,000,000 hunk of steel... I gotta have it!!

10:08 PM  
Blogger Tam said...

Just remember not to run any Buffalo Bore through it after your buy it...

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Roger.45 said...

With the serial number "1", condition is not that important.

I believe that this would be the one exception to the usual collector's prerequisite of, "condition is everything."

A great investment if one can aford it.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Old NFO said...

Probably cheap at $1M... Not the most expensive Colt by a long shot. The engraved prototype for Sears sold for more than that (I think it was in the vicinity of $1.5M a couple of years ago).

5:55 PM  

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