Denix Replica .45 Cal. Peacemaker 5.5” Single Action Army, Artillery Revolver, USA 1873 - Used by The Lone Ranger
Bright Nickel finish with Simulated Ivory Grips (Plastic)
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".
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 Artillery Single Actions were issued to the Infantry, the Light Artillery, the Volunteer Cavalry and other troops because the standard issue .38 caliber Colt M 1892 double-action revolver was lacking in stopping power. For that reason, the .45 Artillery SAA Revolvers were used successfully by front troops in the Spanish–American War and the Philippine–American War. Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders charged up San Juan Hill wielding the .45 caliber Artillery Model.
This model was sometimes referred to as a Frontier Revolver as well.
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.
Possibly one of the most famous Actors to use this style was The Lone Ranger, portrayed by actor Clayton Moore, who played the Masked Man on TV and Movies from 1949 to 1958. His primary firearm was a nickel plated 5.5” Single Action Army Artillery Model chambered in .45 Long Colt. His were custom made with no front sights. Complete with Ivory Grips.
Enjoy these fine Wild West Replicas and everything they mean to you, created by Denix from Spain!
Available in two finishes: Bright Nickel finish 1050/NQ or Grey Metal Finish 1050/G.
Features & Details
• Non-firing Replica based on the original
• Simulated mechanism for charge and firing
• Single Action
• Rotating Drum
• Barrel Length: 5.5” Artillery Revolver
• Overall Length: 30.5 cm
• Material: Bright Nickel finish
• Handle Material: Simulated Ivory Grips (Plastic)
• Weight: 959g
• Fires Denix Caps