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The Colt Peacemaker revolver, also called the Single Action Army or SAA was originally designed for the U. S. Cavalry and was the most prolific handgun during the settling of the west. In fact, the Colt 1873 Peacemaker is called “The Gun that Won the West”. The Peacemaker is the handgun that made the ‘Old West’ famous along with its cowboys, lawmen, outlaws, soldiers and Indian battles. The SAA was chambered to fire .45 Colt cartridges, or .45 Long Colt. By 1876 the Colt SAA was being offered in a variety of chambering’s among its guns for sale.
Used during the Indian Wars, Col. George Custer and his 7th Cavalry were armed with the Colt SAA. It has been stated that the possible number range of these pistols used by Col. Custer and his men is 4500-7527. With all original, good condition U.S. Cavalry and Artillery Single Action Armies produced between 1873 to 1891 with the OWA (Orville Wood Ainsworth) selling for well over $10,000, it is very likely that any Custer associated Colt 1873 Peacemaker SAA handgun that were to turn up would likely be worth considerably more. Other famous owners of the Colt Peacemaker were Buffalo Bill Cody, Wyatt Earp, Pat Garret, Billy the Kid and Jesse James.
The Frontier Six Shooter, issued in 1877, was a large frame, double-action revolver chambered in numerous calibers. Perhaps the most well-known was chambered for .44-40 Winchester. This enabled users to use the same ammunition in both handguns and the Winchester ’73 lever action rifles. Other chambering’s that were available for the SAA were .40 S & W, .32-20, .44 Russian and .44 Special.
Colt issued a revolver with a swing out cylinder in 1889 with the Colt M1889 Navy. It was produced from 1889 to 1892, and was replaced by the Colt M1892.
The Artillery Model of the Single Action Army was issued to Infantry, Light Artillery, Volunteer Cavalry, as well as other troops during the Spanish-American war. By 1895 the standard issue military revolver was the Colt double-action New Army revolver chambered for .38 Colt. Frontline troops in the same war used the .45 Artillery SAA Revolvers.
The SAA remains available today among guns for sale, primarily among re-enactors and history enthusiasts.
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