By Mike Searson
Traditions / Pietta 1873 Single Action Revolver .45 LC 5.5″ Barrel Color-Case Hardened SAT73-003 Review
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- The most iconic American revolver is without a doubt the Colt Single Action Army (SAA), also known as “The Peacemaker” or the Model of 1873.
This large frame single action revolver was designed for the US government service revolver trials of 1872 by Colt’s Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company, and was adopted as the standard military service revolver until 1892.
Because of its history and Colt ceasing its production several times, prices for a “Genuine Colt” have sky rocketed.
As a result, most modern shooters who are intimidated by the 4 to 5 figure price tag turn to imported models from Italy such as the 1873 imported by Traditions and manufactured by Pietta in Italy.
History of SAA manufacture
Colt began manufacture of the Single Action Army revolver in 1873 at its plant in Hartford, Connecticut. As the machinery began to show its age in 1940 and Colt was working night and day to produce arms for the US Military for World War 2, the old revolver was dropped from production. These …read more