The 1873 Colt’s SAA — or Peacemaker, as it’s been called — hasn’t existed for a century and a half because it’s the preeminent fighting pistol.It’s a work of art with a history and attachment to America. Most folks don’t just go out and buy a Colt SAA on a whim.It seems that there have always been other, more practical guns we needed, guns for personal protection and hunting, guns far less expensive.
The hands of men shape them, and their sweat is impregnated within. Samuel Colt once wrote, “Money is a trash I have always looked down upon that I never had handy to know how to appreciate it.” Funny thing: By the early 1850s, Colt had become one of the richest men in America.Without exception, every time one of us handle Colt’s single action it fuels a fire burning within.The acquisition of Colt’s Peacemaker is, in most cases, the cure for an aching desire.Hard-working Americans generally don’t carry around enough pocket money to just pick one up, and not everyone can afford one.Soon, we were standing in a pile of brass that would make a handloader’s knees weak, and we consistently put five shots into a 6-inch circle at 25 yards.
That evening, a Ballistol wipe-down brought back the out-of-the-box luster. You don’t have to own a horse, be a cowboy or fantasize about a shootout on the streets of Dodge City to enjoy the experience.
They’re not impulse buys or mass-produced gizmos like you’ll find on the counter at every gun shop.
They’re hand-fitted mechanical sculptures created from forged steel.
Some guns are innovative, some interesting and some forgettable, but they’re all just tools — with the exception of one.
For as long as you’ve been seeking oxygen, craftsmen in Hartford, Connecticut, have been breathing life into a gun that, after more than 140 years, refuses to be exiled into antiquity.
Your thumb instinctively finds the hammer, and as it’s retracted, you hear the unmistakable four clicks that signify this is, by God, a C-O-L-T.