By Lars Dalseide | June 16 2014 15:54

35th Anniversary Edition of Blue Book features top Colt revolver on the cover

Colt Single Action Army, factory engraved, from 1908

Tulsa, Oklahoma - As NRA Museums Director Jim Supica continued his tour of Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show this spring, he made a point of recruiting the stellar standouts for Curator's Corner segment of NRANews on the Sportsman Channel. So yes, Supica may have cherry picked a few of the more delectable pieces. And nothing looked tastier than Blue Book's Colt Single Action Army revolver.

"This is an exceptional, factory engraved, Colt Single Action Army," said Supica. "Engraved by one of America’s greatest engravers, it has very unusual features in that it is silver plated with gold wash on the cylinder and trigger guard. And a factory carved steer head ivory grip.

"It’s about a deluxe a gun as you can find."

Designed in 1872, the Colt Single Action Army officially saw action from the Spanish-American Wars all the way through World War I. Available in every caliber from a .45 Colt to a .22LR, production 'officially' came to a halt just prior to World War II. But that didn't stop fans such as General George S. Patton carrying his ivory-handled Single Action into combat.

The Colt on the cover of this year's Blue Book of Gun Values, however, is more than a historical relic. It is quite simply exquisite.

"The factory engraving is a unique deep relief engraving, special ordered for a customer out of Chicago, Illinois in 1908," explained Blue Book Editor John Allen. 

"The pattern and style of engraving is pretty unique on Colts," Supica added. "Some Colt authorities say it is one of the five or ten best Single Actions in existence."

For the full story on this particular Single Action Army, and a close up look, flip on over to the Sportsman Channel this afternoon around 6:40pm eastern time.

Cover of the 35th Anniversary Edition of the Blue Book of Gun Values

Even though you won't find this Colt, you can see all the other guns in the NRA National Firearms Museum collection at
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