COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY--- STANDARD FRAME
Manufactured in 35 Caliber's
These Were Manufactured from 1873 to 1940
MODEL
CALIBER
First Year
Manufactured
Last Year
Manufactured
Number
Manufactured
Rarity
Rating From
35 to 1
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
45 Colt
WCF
1873
1940
150685
Common
35
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
44-40
WCF
1878
1940
64489
Common
34
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
38-40
WCF
1884
1940
38240
Common
33
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
32-20
WCF
1884
1940
29812
Common
32
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
41 Colt
1885
 
16402
Common
31
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
450 Eley
1890
 
2697
Rare
30
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
44 Rimfire
1875
1880
1863
Rare
29
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
38 Colt
Before 1922
1886
 
1365
Rare
28
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
455 Eley
1880
 
1150
Rare
27
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
38 Colt
After 1922
1922
 
1011
Rare
26
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
450 Boxer
1890
 
729
Very Rare
25
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
357
Magnum
1935
1940
525
Very Rare
24
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
44 S&W
Special
1913
 
506
Very Rare
23
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
32 Colt
1887
 
192
Very Rare
22
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
450 Boxer
Short
1890
 
168
Very Rare
21
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
476 Eley
1876
 
161
Very Rare
20
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
44
Russian
1889
 
154
Very Rare
19
SINGLE ACTION ARMY

450 Eley
Short
1890
 
110
Very Rare
18
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
22 Rim Fire
1883
 
107
Very Rare
17
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
38 Colt Special
1930
 
82
Extremely Rare
16
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
44 German
1881
 
59
Extremely Rare
15
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
45 A.C.P.
Auto Ctg.
1924
 
44
Extremely Rare
14
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
32 S&W
1887
 
32
Extremely Rare
13
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
450
Boxer Long
1890
 
30
Extremely Rare
12
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
38 S&W
Special
1940
1940
25
Extremely Rare
11
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
44 S&W
1890
 
24
Extremely Rare
10
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
44 Rimfire and Center Fire
1877
1877
20
Extremely Rare
9
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
44
Smoothbore
1890
 
15
Extremely Rare
8
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
44 S&W
Russian
1889
 
12
Extremely Rare
7
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
38 S&W
1889
 
9
Extremely Rare
6
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
45
Smoothbore
1901
 
4
Extremely Rare
5
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
38-44 S&W
Gallery
1890
 
3
Extremely Rare
4
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
32-44 S&W
Gallery
1889
 
2
Extremely Rare
3
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
380 Eley
1890
1890
1
Ultra Rare
1
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
32 Rimfire
1889
1889
1
Ultra Rare
1
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
38
Fitzgerald
Special
Experimental
1960
1960
1
Ultra Rare
SPECIAL
1 of a Kind
             
Number 35 is the most common single action.
Number 1 is the rarest Single action.
Fitzgerald Special 38 is one of a kind experimental cartridge .

Common are Single Actions manufactured from 3000 to 160000 pieces.
Rare are Single Actions manufactured from 1000 to 3000 pieces .
Very rare are Single Actions manufactured from 100 to 1000 pieces .
Extremely Rare are Single Actions manufactured from 10 to 100 pieces.
Ultra Rare are Single Actions manufactured from 1 to 10 pieces .

Colt 32 Caliber Single Actions had 2 different markings there fore the after 1922 and before 1914 designations.
There were 18-- 22 rimfire SAA that were converted from 44 rimfires in 1888.

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY--- FLAT TOP FRAME MODEL
Aka --TARGET MODEL
Manufactured in 25 Caliber's

These were Manufactured from 1873 to 1940
MODEL
CALIBER
First Year
Manufactured
Last Year
Manufactured
Number
Manufactured
Rarity
Rating From
20 to 1
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
38 Colt
pre 1914
1886
 
122
Very Rare
20
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
45 Colt
1873
 
100
Very Rare
19
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
22 Rimfire
1883
 
93
Extremely Rare
18
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
41 Colt
1885
 
91
Extremely Rare
17
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
450
Boxer
1890
 
89
Extremely Rare
16
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
450 Eley
1890
 
84
Extremely Rare
15
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
44 S&W
1890
 
51
Extremely Rare
14
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
44
Russian
1913
 
51
Extremely Rare
14
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
38
S&W
1889
 
39
Extremely Rare
13
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
455
Eley
1886
 
37
Extremely Rare
12
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
32-20
WCF
1884
 
30
Extremely Rare
11
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
32
S&W
1887
 
30
Extremely Rare
11
SINGLE ACTION ARMY

38 Colt
Special

1930
 
24
Extremely Rare
10
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
44-40
WCF
1878
 
21
Extremely Rare
9
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
38-40
WCF
1884
 
19
Extremely Rare
8
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
38-44 S&W
Gallery
1890
 
11
Extremely Rare
7
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
32-44 S&W
Gallery
1889
 
9
Ultra Rare
6
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
22
WRF.
1889
 
7
Ultra Rare
5
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
38 Colt
Special
1931
 
4
Ultra Rare
4
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
357
Magnum
1935
 
3
Ultra Rare
3
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
380
Eley
1890
 
3
Ultra Rare
3
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
476
Eley
1876
 
2
Ultra Rare
2
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
44 S&W
Special
1913
1931
1
Ultra Rare
1
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
44 S&W
Russian
1889
 
1
Ultra Rare
1
SINGLE ACTION ARMY
32 Rimfire
1889
1889
1
Ultra Rare
1

44 S&W Specials were made from 1913 to 1931 after 1931 markings were changed to 44 Special.
25 is the most common Flat Top -Target model
1 is the rarest Flat Top=-Target Model
There were 30 guns made in 1876 with barrel length's as follows : 8 --8 1/2--9--9 1/2--10 --10 1/2 --12 --14--16 inches
Only 14 of the guns sold the rest were converted to other barrel lengths .
These were in the following caliber's: 28 in 45 caliber-- 2 in 44-40 caliber.
There were some special lengths made in 38-40 that include 8 1/2 inch and 9 inch barrels.
Pancho Villa from Mexico is known to have carried a 22 Rimfire Single Action Army.

Colt Model SINGLE ACTION Revolver
(Aka SAA)
First Serial Number of Each Year
These were manufactured from 1873 to
1940
Model
Year
Serial No
Model
Year
Serial No
Model
Year
Serial No
SAA
1873
1
SAA
1874
200
SAA
1875
15000
SAA
1876
22500
SAA
1877
33000
SAA
1878
41000
SAA
`1879
49000
SAA
1880
53500
SAA
1881
62200
SAA
1882
73000
SAA
1883
85000
SAA
1884
101750
SAA
1885
114000
SAA
1886
117100
SAA
1887
119000
SAA
1888
125000
SAA
1889
128100
SAA
1890
130000
SAA
1891
136000
SAA
1892
144000
SAA
1893
149550
SAA
1894
154000
SAA
1895
159000
SAA
1896
163100
SAA
1897
168000
SAA
1898
175100
SAA
1899 *
182000
SAA
1900
192500
SAA
1901
200300
SAA
1902
220000
SAA
1903
238100
SAA
1904
250000
SAA
1905
261100
SAA
1906
273000
SAA
1907
288000
SAA
1908
304000
SAA
1909
308750
SAA
1910
312000
SAA
1911
316000
SAA
1912
321200
SAA
1913
325000
SAA
1914
327000
SAA
1915
329250
SAA
1916
332000
SAA
1917
335100
SAA
1918
337500
SAA
1919
337100
SAA
1920
338000
SAA
1921
341000
SAA
1922
343250
SAA
1923
344500
SAA
1924
346300
SAA
1925
347400
SAA
1926
348000
SAA
1927
349700
SAA
1928
351200
SAA
1929
352400
SAA
1930
353800
SAA
1931
354100
SAA
1932
354500
SAA
1933
354800
SAA
1934
354900
SAA
1935
355300
SAA
1936
355400
SAA
1937
354500
SAA
1938
356000
SAA
1939
356600
SAA
1940
357689
     
                 

Under the 1968 Firearm Laws SAA 's manufactured after 182000 are consider modern and all BATF rules apply .
We recommend the following books on this subject :
The Book of Colt Firearms by R.L.Wilson .
A Study Of Colt Single Action Army Revolver by Graham , Kopec, Moore.
Colt Firearms from 1836 by Severn.
A History Of The Colt Revolver by Haven and Belden .
The Peacemakers by R.L.Wilson


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