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The Colt New Service was the largest revolver ever manufactured by Colt and one of the largest production revolvers of all time until the introduction of the Colt Anaconda chambered in .44 Remington Magnum made its debut in 1990.
The Colt New Service was a popular revolver with British officers and many of them had privately purchased their own Colt New Service revolvers in the years prior to World War I as an alternative to the standard-issue Webley Revolver.
British Empire and Canadian forces received 60,000 Colt New Service revolvers during World War I and they continued to see official service with US until the end of World War II.
The Colt Single Action Army, also known as the Single Action Army, SAA, Model P, Peacemaker, M1873, and Colt .45 is a single-action revolver with a revolving cylinder holding six metallic cartridges. The Colt SAA has been offered in over 30 different calibers and various barrel lengths.
government service revolver trials of 1872 by Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company — today's Colt's Manufacturing Company — and was adopted as the standard military service revolver until 1892.
Colt manufactured 914 of these revolvers with a frame that was flat on top and fitted with an adjustable leaf rear sight.
The front sight consisted of a base with an interchangeable blade.
Colonels Rex Applegate and Charles Askins were proponents of this model.
New Service revolvers, designated as Pistol, Colt, .455-inch 5.5-inch barrel Mk.
The revolver was popular with ranchers, lawmen, and outlaws alike, but as of the early 21st century, models are mostly bought by collectors and re-enactors.
Its design has influenced the production of numerous other models from other companies.