Colt S.A.A. .45 Sheriff
No longer produced. In very good condition, appears unfired. includes original box (lid little faded), instructions and six unfired Hudson Colt .45 cartridges (reusable) which takes a PFC cap for loud bang and smoke, sparks out the barrel (PFC caps not included)
Has very nice `click` to both chamber and hammer. Hammer draws back 4 clicks (like the original). You can fan fire by holding the trigger and fanning the hammer for quick shots.
Over the years, the revolver was given nicknames such as “Equalizer,” “thumb-buster,” “plow handle,” “hog-leg,” and “Peacemaker. and many an ear listened as an old-timer repeated,
“Fear no man regardless of his size . . . pull me, and I will equalize,” or “Judge Colt and his jury of six.”
Extra cartridges available.
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PFC Primer caps: €11.00 / £8.50 per box (1 box = 100 PFC caps) These are needed to make the bang, smoke
Peacemaker Pearl Grips : €56.35 / £38.95
Lockable Aluminium Storage / Carry Case: €30.45 / £22.95
Originally, the Peacemaker was chambered only in .45 Colt, but in 1878 the popular .44-40 was added to make the Single Action Army compatible with the 1873 Winchester. Eventually the Single Action Army would be chambered for no less than 36 different cartridges, ranging from .22 rimfire to .476 Eley. But it was .45 Colt and .44-40 that remained the two most popular calibers throughout the revolver’s lifetime.
In 1875, as a result of civilian shooters wanting a Peacemaker that could clear leather faster than the cavalry model, Colt added a 5½-inch barrel, followed by a 4¾-inch barrel introduced in 1870 that soon became the most popular of the three standard factory-produced barrel lengths.
See the trend? As the Peacemaker gained in popularity, especially among outlaws and lawmen, its barrel became progressively shorter. But even though Colt offered to make any barrel length for a cataloged price of $1 an inch over the standard cavalry version, we see no such offer for barrels measuring less than 4¾ inches. And yet such factory guns exist because, for many, shorter was better.
One of the first to realize this was Texas outlaw Sam Bass, who cobbled together not one but three Colt revolvers to make a .44-40 snubby. As displayed in the Frazier International History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky (fraziermuseum.org), Bass assembled his makeshift pocket pistol out of parts from a Colt 1872 Open Top with a cut-away trigger guard, a Single Action Army and an 1878 Colt Lightning. The reliability of this improvised contraption is open to conjecture, but the revolver appears to have seen plenty of use.
Another devotee of the ultra-short barreled Single Action Army concept was Missouri’s folk-hero bandit Jesse James, who simply removed the ejector from a Colt Peacemaker and unscrewed the barrel. One can only imagine how this gun must have shot. Recoil and muzzle blast aside, without a rifled barrel, accuracy was a moot point. But that wasn’t the purpose of Jesse’s homemade belly gun; he simply wanted a big-bore revolver that was relatively concealable and would get him out of a jam in a hurry.
But a much more practical solution to the Jesse James version would have been to leave at least enough barrel on the gun to provide some spin for the bullet, if not a sighting radius. The first such gun produced by Colt’s Hartford factory was a 2½-inch barreled, ejectorless Single Action Army that was shipped in 1882 (ironically, the same year Sam Bass was gunned down, thus proving his hodgepodge of mismatched parts was not the answer).
This snub-nosed Colt may have been part of an order of 3½- and four-inch single actions shipped on February 22 of that year to Chicago distributor Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Company. According to Colt collector Wynn Paul and as cited in The Blue Book of Gun Values, these single actions left the factory in two shipments of 10 guns each.
Subsequent orders for Peacemakers with barrel lengths of 2½, three, 3½ and four inches continued to be placed throughout the remainder of the 19th and first part of the 20th centuries, with many shipped to lawmen in the Southwest.
By the time production ended in 1940 with what has come to be called “first generation” (i.e. prewar) Single Action Armys, out of a total run of 357,859 guns, approximately 1,400 were of the ejector-less short-barreled variety. And of these, only 40 were factory engraved, making any of these versions—no matter their condition—highly desirable among collectors. Naturally, fakes are rampant.
Originally, Colt never used the Sheriff’s Model and Storekeeper designations in any of its literature. It was collectors, beginning in the 20th century, who coined these terms for the three- and four-inch guns respectively.
The Storekeeper was also known as the House Gun, although the Storekeeper name seems to have stuck with present-day fans, while the House Gun moniker has drifted into obscurity.
It was the three-inch Sheriff’s Model that first made a reappearance in modern times. In 1955, thanks to a proliferation of television Westerns and the subsequent national craze for the sport of fast draw, the Colt Single Action Army was put back into production. These guns are now referred to as “second-generation” Single Action Armys, and by 1958 all three original barrel lengths were again being made.