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Colt Single Action Revolvers

After producing his earliest gun models in the early 1830s, Samuel Colt was granted a patent for the revolver in 1836. The basic principle of the design was a revolving-breech mechanism that enabled a gun to be fired multiple times without reloading. This was a great improvement over most revolvers of the day, which required the shooter to manually spin the cylinder before taking the next shot.

Colt's first revolvers operated using the single-action method, meaning they required the shooter to first cock the hammer by hand prior to firing. Capitalizing on the patent giving him a monopoly on revolver manufacturing until 1857 and taking advantage of his grasp of industrialization and natural penchant for marketing, Colt opened the world’s largest private firearms factory in 1855. His gunmaking operation, the first to mass produce gun parts using steam-powered belt-driven machines, quickly assembled Colt single action revolvers at a time when most guns were still being made by hand.

Samuel Colt's innovations led to the production of the legendary Peacemaker, a single-action .45-caliber revolver that incorporated the grip frame he pioneered in earlier percussion revolvers. Colt single action army revolvers helped solidify the gun maker's place as a world leader in firearms manufacturing.


Quick Facts

  • In 2009, an engraved gold-inlaid Colt Army revolver available in the Sears & Roebuck catalog at the turn of the 20th century sold for $747,500 at a James D. Julia auction
  • In 2012, a 16-inch Colt Buntline Special single-action Army revolver, one of 16 produced, sold at a Rock Island Auction sale for a world record $546,250
  • In 2015, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt's B Company-marked U.S. Walker Model 1847 Colt revolver sold at a Rock Island Auction sale for $345,000

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Colt New Frontier Buntline .22 Single Action Revolver
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Colt New Frontier Buntline .22 Single Action Revolver with Box
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Colt Frontier Scout Single Action Revolver with Case
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Est: $400- $700
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1981 Colt 7 1/2" Nickel .357 Magnum New Frontier Single Action Revolver
Mar 01, 9:00 AM PST
1981 Colt 7 1/2" Nickel .357 Magnum New Frontier Single Action Revolver
by Lock Stock & Barrel Investments Inc.
Est: $1,500- $2,500
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USFA 1995 Colt .45 4 3/4" Single Action Army Revolver & Box
Mar 01, 9:00 AM PST
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Est: $2,500- $3,500
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Angelo Bee engraved 1962 Colt New Frontier .45 LC Single Action Revolver & Box
Mar 01, 9:00 AM PST
Angelo Bee engraved 1962 Colt New Frontier .45 LC Single Action Revolver & Box
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Est: $4,000- $6,000
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Est: $450- $750
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Est: $400- $500
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