In 1873, Colt’s single-action Army (SAA) revolver became the Army’s standard sidearm. Cavalry troopers were armed with the new revolvers. Lawmen and outlaws alike were quick to adopt the handy new 6-shooter which earned the nickname “Peacemaker.”
The single-action Army was most widely produced with a color case-hardened frame and blued barrel. Meanwhile, a nickel-plated version was issued to Indian scouts. And a bright charcoal blue finish was available from the factory. But with years of use, the old 6-guns took on a well-handled soft gray patina. All of these classic finishes are available in the 1873 Cattleman.
"God made men, but Sam Colt made them equal," was an Old West saying referring to the Colt .45 "Peacemaker." When the 1873 Single Action Army (SAA) hit the market, the U.S. Army purchased 93,000. Custer''s troops at the Little Big Horn were armed with the new revolvers and lawmen and outlaws alike were quick to adopt the new six-shooter. Cattleman models are made in "old" or "new models" with fixed or adjustable sights. Optional finishes include charcoal blue, polished nickel, stainless steel, and old west antique.
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