From the Vault: Colt Target Bisley
Single-action wheelgun fanciers rejoice - this one's for you! It took no persuasion at all to get Keith and Steve to head back to Rock Island Auction Company so they could check out this rare Colt Bisley Flattop Target revolver. The Bisley is the late 19th Century's equivalent of the tricked-out Colt 1911 Gold Cup. It's the target variant of the Single Action Army, named after the famous Bisley shooting range in Surrey, England. Less than 1,000 of these Flattop target Bisleys were made, and this one is even rarer because it's one of only 17 chambered in .32-44. Steve tells us what this rare cartridge is all about. (Hint: you'd better be a handloader if you want to shoot it today.) The beautifully preserved Rock Island gun has all the "iconic" Colt Bisley hallmarks: the unique, upright grip profile, target sights, long barrel, target hammer with crisp cross-hatch checkering, and the fit and finish.... Oooohhh, yeah!
WARNING: Never attempt to disassemble or reassemble a firearm unless you are absolutely certain that it is empty and unloaded. Visually inspect the chamber, the magazine and firing mechanism to be absolutely certain that no ammunition remains in the firearm. Disassembly and reassembly should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.