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Model Single Action Army
Colt Revolver Single Action Army .357 Mag Variant-2
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Gun Dimensions Width:No Data
Length:11-in Height:No Data
Barrel:5.5-in Weight:36-oz
Variant 2 of 6
Gun Rankings
  • Power Factor (158 grain bullet)206190
  • Recoil Factor (158 grain bullet)10.56 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity6 rounds
  • ConcealabilityPoor
  • Defense Factor59%
Gun Specifications
Produced:1976 -
Caliber:.357 Mag
Action:revolving chamber
Trigger:single-action (SA)
Safety:transfer bar
Frame:color case blued steel
Grip:Double Eagle black composite
Sights:fixed blade front, fixed rear
Notes:Third Generation
Colt's Manufacturing Company, LLC
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Gun Value
MSRP:$1,599.00Used Est:$1,550.00
Last Update:8/27/2023
About the Gun

The Colt Single Action Army was designed for the US government service revolver trials of 1873 and was ultimately adopted as the standard military service revolver. A venerable single-action six-shooter, the gun is also known as the Colt .45 and sometimes as The Equalizer or Colt Peacekeeper. Single Action Army revolvers are categorized by generation. The first generation revolvers were produced between 1873 and 1940. Second Generation Colts were produced from 1956 to 1974. The Third Generation ran from 1976 until 1982 and became a limited-issue product. In 1994, production resumed and is known either as 'Late Third Generation' or sometimes Fourth Generation.

Cartridge Specifications
Cartridge: .357 Magnum
Alias: .357 Smith & Wesson Magnum
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Ballistics for This Gun
Selected Bullet Mass:158 grains
MV:1305 ft/sec ME:598 ft-lbs
About the Cartridge

Smith & Wesson introduced this cartridge for its heavy-frame revolver. Ammunition was developed by Winchester in cooperation with Smith & Wesson. Using a lengthened and strengthened version of the .38 Special case, the .357 Magnum was rapidly accepted by hunters and law enforcement. At the time of its introduction, it was claimed to easily pierce the body panels of automobiles and crack engine blocks. While it has less power than the .44 Magnum, it compares favorably to the 10mm Norma and .45 ACP, but with better armor penetration. Today factories offer over fifty different loadings in this caliber.

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