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Other piece: A Colt .45 six-shooter once owned by ex-scout and showman.The Colt Single Action Army which is also known as the Single Action Army, SAA, Model P, Peacemaker, M1873, and Colt .45 is a single-action revolver with a revolving cylinder holding six metallic cartridges. The Colt SAA has been offered in over 30 different calibers and various barrel lengths.Its design has influenced the production of numerous other models from other companies.The Colt SAA revolver is a famous piece of Americana, known as "The Gun That Won the West". 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.Its overall appearance has remained consistent since 1873.
Colt has discontinued 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.
Production began in 1873 with the Single Action Army model 1873, It was chambered in .45 Colt, a centerfire design containing charges of up to 40 grains (2.6 g) of fine-grained black powder and a 255-grain (16.5 g) blunt roundnosed bullet.
Relative to period cartridges and most later handgun rounds, it was quite powerful in its full loading.
For the design, Colt turned to two of its best engineers: William Mason and Charles Brinckerhoff Richards who had developed a number of revolvers and black powder conversions for the company.
Their effort was designed for the United States government service revolver trials of 1872 by Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company and adopted as the standard military service revolver.