Denix Replica .45 Cal. Peacemaker 5.5” Single Action Army, Fast Draw Revolver, USA 1873
Gun Metal Finish
The Colt Single Action Army, also known as the Single Action Army, SAA, Model P, Peacemaker, and M1873 is a single-action revolver with a revolving cylinder holding six metallic cartridges. It was designed for the U.S. government service revolver trials of 1872 by Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company—today's Colt's Manufacturing Company—and was adopted as the standard military service revolver until 1892.
The Colt SAA has been offered in over 30 different calibers and various barrel lengths. Its overall appearance has remained consistent since 1873. Colt has cancelled its production twice, but brought it back due to popular demand. The revolver was popular with ranchers, lawmen, and outlaws alike, but as of the early 21st century, models are mostly bought by collectors and re-enactors. Its design has influenced the production of numerous other models from other companies.
The Colt SAA "Peacemaker" revolver is a famous piece of Americana.
Production began in 1873 with the Single Action Army model 1873, also referred to as the "New Model Army Metallic Cartridge Revolving Pistol".
The Colt Single Action Army revolver, along with the 1870 and 1875 Smith & Wesson Model 3 "Schofield" revolver, replaced the Colt 1860 Army Percussion revolver. The Colt quickly gained favor over the S&W and remained the primary U.S. military sidearm until 1892.
By the end of 1874, serial no. 16,000 was reached; 12,500 Colt Single Action Army revolvers chambered for the .45 Colt cartridge had entered service and the remaining revolvers were sold in the civilian market
The Single Action Army became available in standard barrel lengths of 4.75” , 5.5”, and 7.5”. The shorter barreled revolvers are sometimes called the "Fast Draw", "Civilian" or "Gunfighter" model (4.75”), the "Frontier" and the Artillery Model (5.5”), and the "Cavalry" model, (7.5”). The largest, was the "Buntline Special" (12”). There was also a variant with a sub-4-inch barrel, without an ejector rod, unofficially called the "Sheriff's Model", "Banker's Special", or "Storekeeper".
Fast draw, otherwise called quick draw, is the capacity to rapidly draw a handgun and discharge it precisely at a target. This expertise was made well known by romanticized depictions of gun fighters in the Western genre, which were inspired by famous gunfights in the American Old West. The sport has been inspired by records of duels and gunfights which consolidated it during the Wild West, for example, the Wild Bill Hickok – Davis Tutt duel, Luke Short-Jim Courtright Duel, Gunfight at the OK Corral, Long Branch Saloon Shootout and others, which thus motivated the gunfights found in Hollywood western motion pictures.
Albeit not at all like the portrayal found in westerns, fast draw duels around then were performed with the traditional dueling position. Normally, authentic Western duels were a rough form of the "Southern code duello," a profoundly formalized method for solving disputes between men of honor with swords or firearms that had its roots in European valor. During the Old West, the expression "fast on the draw" or "quick on the draw" didn't really mean an individual is quick on drawing a gun, it really implied that an individual is aggressive and would draw his weapon at even the slightest provocation.
In western motion pictures, the characters' gun belts are regularly worn low on the hip and external thigh, with the holster cut away around the gun's trigger and grip for a smooth, quick draw. This sort of holster is a Hollywood anachronism. Fast-draw artists can be recognized from other film cowboys because of the fact that their firearms will frequently be tied to their thigh.
Colt engraved about one percent of its first-generation production of the Single Action Army revolver, which makes these engraved models extremely rare and valuable with collectors. Engraved pieces were often ordered by or for famous people of the day, including lawmen, heads of state, and captains of industry. This tradition began with the founder, Samuel Colt, who regularly gave such examples away as a means of publicity for Colt.
The power, accuracy and handling qualities of the Single Action Army (SAA) made it a popular sidearm from its inception, well into the 20th century. The association with the history of the American West & American Indian Wars, remain to the present century, and these revolvers remain popular with shooters and collectors. George S. Patton, who began his career in the horse-cavalry, carried a custom-made SAA with ivory grips engraved with his initials and an eagle, which became his trademark. He used it during the Mexican Punitive Expedition of 1916 to kill two of Pancho Villa's lieutenants, and carried it until his death in 1945 shortly after the end of World War II.
The "Peacemaker" became even more famous in the film industry, used in the westerns of the 40s and 50s, associated with big screen stars like John Wayne and Gary Cooper. President Roosevelt had one with his initials engraved and George S. Patton used two.
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Features & Details
• Non-firing Replica based on the original
• Simulated mechanism for charge and firing
• Single Action
• Rotating Drum
• Barrel Length: 5.5” Fast Draw Style
• Overall Length: 30.5 cm
• Material: Gun Metal Finish
• Handle Material: Simulated Ivory Grip (Plastic)
• Weight: 975g
• Fires Denix Caps