Quinn came across the sixgun at a gun shop in Arizona. He immediately fell in love with the beautiful all-blue finish and one-piece genuine ivory grips. After purchasing it at a very reasonable price, he had a friend in the Colt archives research it for him.
Original Colt Sheriff’s Models, which featured short barrels without an ejector rod, are extremely rare. Quinn’s revolver was not originally a Sheriff’s Model but was originally a 7-1/2” barreled .45 Colt Single Action Army, with color-casehardened frame and standard black rubber “Eagle” grips, shipped in 1906.
It was converted to a .44 Special Sheriff’s Model by having a short ejector-less barrel installed, adding a “Sheriff’s Model” style base pin, having the bus for the ejector rod housing milled off the frame, and refinished in all-blue.
The work was beautifully done, and at some point, the one-piece ivory grips were fitted. Seeing as it wasn’t original, Quinn figured he’d have the gun engraved by a friend. The result is a truly remarkable, one of a kind sixgun.