SASS Revolvers Square Off: Colt SA Army vs Ruger Vaquero
By Don Summers
The Colt SA Army and Ruger Vaquero are two popular options for those looking to wet their feet in the world of Single Action Shooting Sports. With a variety of wheelguns at their disposal, what is it about these two that is so appealing for SASS shooters?
A Little History
A beautiful case hardened Colt SA Army (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)
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Introduced in 1873, the Colt SA Army was immediately adopted by the U.S. Army. Colt manufactured the guns until 1941 when production ground to halt for the company to better support the mounting war effort. At the close of WWII, the SA Army’s design was deemed obsolete with Colt closing the book on the SA Army. The revolver’s story, however, wasn’t over just yet. The 1950s gave rise to many western-themed cowboy shows, resulting in the resurrection of the SA Army due to high demand. Colt introduced its second generation of SA Army in 1956 and continued churning out the revolver until 1974 when Colt, again, pulled the plug.
The classic grips of a Colt SA Army (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)
The wheelgun laid dormant for two years until, in 1976, the SA Army remerged bearing a