Was there a real Buntline Special?

Was there a real Buntline Special?

The Colt Buntline Special was a long-barreled variant of the Colt Single Action Army revolver, which Stuart N. Lake described in his best-selling but largely fictionalized 1931 biography, Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal….

Colt Buntline
Produced 1957–1992
Barrel length 12 inches (30 cm)
Cartridge .45 Colt

Did Wyatt Earp ever own a Buntline Special?

Earp told Lake that in 1901 he gave his “Buntline Special” to Charlie Hoxsie, his partner in running the Dexter saloon in Nome, Alaska, and that Hoxsie subsequently vanished from the scene, along with the gun.

What was the serial number on the COLT BUNTLINE SPECIAL?

Colt also gave the 12″ barreled SAAs their own name of Buntline Special. Colt did something unique, at least with their early Bunt-line Specials — they added serial numbers to barrels that weren’t matched to numbers on the frames. These numbers had a BB prefix for “Buntline Barrel” and then numbers starting with 100.

What kind of gun was the Buntline Special?

Unlike the 1876 guns, these were marked ‘Buntline Special’. The Buntline Colt Single Action is the holy grail of handgun collecting. With so few of these guns out there, they are largely seen in museums.

How big was the barrel of the Colt Buntline?

According to Lake, Earp kept his pistol at the original 12-inch length, but the four other recipients of the Specials cut their barrels down to the standard ​ 7 1⁄2 inches, or shorter. Lake spent much effort trying to track down the Buntline Special through the Colt company, Masterson, and contacts in Alaska.

When did the New Frontier Buntline come out?

Colt manufactured 70 New Frontier Buntline Specials from 1962 to 1967 with 12-inch barrels and folding target sights, chambered in .45 Colt. The 1873 Buntline Target is an Italian 6-shot single-action revolver chambered for the .357 Magnum or the .45 Colt cartridges, manufactured by A. Uberti, Srl.