Long Fluted Cylinder Model (1913-1915)
Strange as it may seem, Colt Company has an apparent credo they followed to never throw anything away. That credo was never more evident than with this model. These Long Flute Cylinders were actually left over from model 1878 Double-Action Army Revolvers. Someone in the hierarchy at Colt had an inspiration that drove gunsmiths on the payroll slightly mad: to make these cylinders fit SAA frames. There were 1,478 of these Long Flutes manufactured. Chambered for .45 Colt, .38-40, .32-20, .41 Colt and .44 Smith & Wesson Special. Offered in three standard barrel lengths and were especially well-polished, having what has been described as Colt's "Fire Blue" on the barrel and cylinder. Frame and hammer are case colored. Fitted with checkered hard rubber grips. Particularly fine examples of Colt's craft. Rare.