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An Old Colt Reborn: Bringing a Single-Action Army Back to Life

This tired, worn-out Colt Single Action Army received a new lease on life, thanks to the efforts of Wiley Clapp and a team of talented gunsmiths.

A Look Back at the Colt Single Action Army

Whether a rusty relic or pristine safe queen the SAA carries with it an elegance and panache few manmade objects could command.

Colt SAA Artillery Model

The Colt Single Action Army, or “SAA” revolver, is doubtless the classic sixgun most associated in our folklore with the American West. Introduced in 1873, the basic design remained-with a few interruptions-in production and is manufactured today by Colt and other firms.

Century Int'l Arms 1873 Single Action Millennium

The 1873 Single Action is a tremendous value for those interested in cowboy-action shooting or an inexpensive recreational revolver.

The Colt Bisley

Recently, I saw an old copy of a movie poster from the 1980s. The film was called “The Grey Fox” and starred the late Richard Farnsworth—a wonderful actor in an off-beat western set in Canada at the turn of the century.

The Last Word: Colt Single Action Army

In honor of the 125th anniversary of American Rifleman, the following is an excerpt from the April, 1929 issue: The Last Word.

Sheriff’s Model

Colt still makes a version of its Single Action Army.

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