Denix Replica .45 Cal. Peacemaker 12” Single Action Army, Buntline Special Revolver, USA 1873
The Colt Single Action Army, also known as the Single Action Army, SAA, Model P, Peacemaker, 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.
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".
The Colt Buntline revolver was first portrayed by Stuart Lake in a quite an exceptionally fictionalized 1931 biography, Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal. The amazingly popular book transformed Wyatt Earp into a "Western superman". Lake's innovative account and later Hollywood depictions exaggerated Wyatt's profile as a western lawman.
Lake wrote that dime novelist Edward Zane Carroll Judson, Sr., composing under the pseudonym of Ned Buntline, commissioned the firearms in reimbursement for "material for hundreds of frontier yarns." Although Ned Buntline composed somewhere close to twenty and twenty-four western novelettes and dime novels, the most extraordinary about William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, who Buntline made famous nationally, none references Wyatt Earp.
As indicated by Lake, the Colt Buntline was a single-action revolver chambered for .45 Long Colt cartridge. Nevertheless, it had a 12-inch-long (305 mm) barrel. The Colt Buntline was additionally promoted by The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp television series.
Lake recorded that Ned Buntline commissioned the revolvers in 1876 and that he introduced them to Wyatt Earp and four other notable western lawmen. As indicated by Lake, Earp kept his revolver at the original 12-inch length, however the four other beneficiaries of the Specials chopped their barrels down to the standard 7 1⁄2 inches, or shorter.
The revolver could have been a special order from the Colt processing plant in Hartford, Connecticut, as extra-long barrels were accessible from Colt at a dollar an inch over 7.5 inches (190 mm). A few such revolvers with 16-inch barrels and separable detachable stocks were shown at the 1876 Centennial Exposition. Massad Ayoob composing for Guns Magazine referred to notes by Josie Earp in which she referenced an extra-long gun as a favorite of Wyatt Earp. He referred to a request by Tombstone, Arizona, barkeep Buckskin Frank Leslie for a revolver of a nearly identical description. This order originated before the O.K. Corral battle by several months.
It might be lost to history, weather the impressive 12-inch "Buntline Special" was utilized by the famous Wyatt Earp in service with the Dodge City Peace Commission.
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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Available in four finishes: Gun Metal Finish - 1303, Bright Nickel - 6303, Brass and Black Finish - 5303, Black Finish - 7303
Features & Details
• Colt Peacemaker Buntline Special
• Non-firing Replica based on the original
• Simulated mechanism for charge and firing
• Black Finish
• Barrel Length: 12"
• Overall Length: 30.5 cm
• Weight: 1100 g
• Material: Metal
• Handle Material: Wood Grip
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