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275 GBP  /  $345 USD  /  325 Euros


Rare Metal : American Collectors Group


George S. Patton Jnr : Colt S.A.A. 45

Serial No# 332088




Rare metal American Collectors Group : George S. Patton Jnr Colt S.A.A. .45

All metal and engraved like the original, looks stunning!!

Dummy bullet version.  All moving parts,  operates. functions like the real thing!

Serial number 332088

Functions, Field-strips like the real thing

In very good condition. Grip left side near Colt logo has a very small superficial hairline split (see photos above)

Includes original box, original sales literature, 6x AMG Colt .45 dummy bullets

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Brief info on George S. Patton Jnr and his Colt S.A.A. .45

General George Smith Patton, Jr. (11 November 1885 21 December 1945), is a legend in US military history. In his 60-years of life, he spent the majority of it wearing one uniform or another and died on active service. Forever the warrior, he is fittingly buried in a military cemetery in Europe, not far from where he died.

As a soldier, he carried many guns, but one of these is almost as famous as he was his Colt .45

Colt's Model of 1873, better known as the Single Action Army and sometimes as 'the Peacemaker', was the sidearm of the late 19th century US Army. A six-shooter that was chambered in more than 30 different calibers including .45 Colt, .44-40 WCF, and others, it was Colt's first popular revolver that used cartridges and not cap and ball. Adopted and carried from 1872-1892 by the 'bluecoats' they were used in the great plains wars and kept in hard service in civilian use by ranchers, outlaws, and lawmen for decades after.

Patton's gun

George S Patton in 1916 was a renaissance man in the US military. He had spent a good bit of his active service overseas. He competed in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics in the modern pentathlon, studied sword fighting in France, and even designed the last cavalry saber the US Army ever issued. The standard sidearm at the time in the Army was the brand new Colt 1911 longslide, which augmented a series of .38 caliber revolvers. Patton however wanted something with just a little bit more character.

Based at Fort Bliss, he ordered from the Shelton-Payne Arms Company in El Paso for $50 a specially engraved Colt 1873 in .45 LC, serial number 332088. With a 4.75-inch barrel giving the six-shooter an overall length of 10.25-inches and a weight of 38-ounces, the gun was hefty. Patton requested a highly engraved silver finish along the frame and barrel. Custom Helfricht engraved ivory grips, with 'GSP' in black enamel on the right panel and a volant eagle on the left, set the gun off. At the time, Patton's pay as a Second Lieutenant was just $155 a month, so the revolver was a large investment.

He picked up the revolver from Shelton-Payne on March 5, 1916, just in time for war.

Just days after his new purchase, Patton was transferred from his position as a young 31-year old second Lieutenant with the 8th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, to the staff of Brigadier General John Blackjack Pershing, who was marching south into Mexico. The reason Pershing was moving south was to chase, with the Mexican government's permission, the bandit horsemen of Pancho Vila who had just raided the town of Columbus New Mexico. Patton, without a command, became something of a jack-of-all-trades for Pershing, moving around Chihuahua with a small group of soldiers and civilian scouts in a convoy of Dodge Brothers cars to accomplish one task or another. While on a scouting mission to buy corn for hungry troopers and horses, Patton bumped into one Captain Julio Crdenas, Villa's second in command at the San Miguelito Ranchero.

The resulting gunfight left Crdenas and the two bandits with him dead at the hands of Patton and his men. In the gunfight, instead of using a military-issued firearm, Patton went into combat with his Colt and personally engaged targets. Afterward, the good lieutenant Patton tied the dead bandit to the hood of his Dodge and carried him back to Pershing, earning the nickname, 'Bandito' in the process.

The Colt has a notch that Patton personally carved into the ivory grip in remembrance of this battle. He was to continue to carry the revolver off and on for the next 29-years of his military service. Although he did not carry it in World War 1, he was famously seen with it often during World War 2. It was then that he famously addressed the statement in a newspaper that his Colt was pearl-handled with, "Only a pimp in a New Orleans whorehouse or a tin-horn gambler would carry a pearl-handled pistol."

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