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Model Single Action Army
Colt Revolver Single Action Army .38 Spl 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 3
Gun Rankings
  • Power Factor (158 grain bullet)125610
  • Recoil Factor (158 grain bullet)2.93 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity6 rounds
  • ConcealabilityPoor
  • Defense Factor45%
Gun Specifications
Produced:1976 -
Caliber:.38 Spl
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: .38 Special
Alias: .38 Smith & Wesson Special
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Ballistics for This Gun
Selected Bullet Mass:158 grains
MV:795 ft/sec ME:222 ft-lbs
About the Cartridge

Developed by Smith & Wesson and introduced along with its Military & Police Model revolver in 1902, this was originally a military cartridge intended to replace the unsatisfactory .38 Long Colt then in use by the Army. Colt brought out its own version of the .38 Special in 1909, which differs from the original only in bullet shape, being a flat-point style. The .38 Special is considered one of the best-balanced, all-round handgun cartridges ever designed. It is also one of the most accurate and very widely used for match shooting.

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