was a nickname
given to Colt’s Single Action
Army revolver model of 1873
, or the similar Colt’s Frontier
Single Action revolver. The Frontier model was chambered for the .44 WCF cartridge (also known as the .44-40), while the Single Action Army was chambered for the .45 Colt cartridge. These models of revolver
s were amongst the most popular of the Old West
The advantage of the Frontier model was the common use of the .44-40 cartridge in both the Colt’s revolver and in the Winchester lever-action rifle or carbine.
Even today single action revolvers have a devoted following, and a significant number of people would rather have one good SAA than all the fancy-pants sooper-dooper high-capacity aluminum alloy-n-polymer pistols in the world.