Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Crosman's Single-Action Six - another blast from the past

by B.B. Pelletier

A reader asked for information about his Crosman Single-Action Six. Since you guys seem to like oldies, I thought I'd review the gun.

The Single-Action Six, or SA-6 as it was also known, was a .22-caliber CO2 revolver made from 1959 to 1969. It has medium-gray plastic grips that are supposed to simulate stag. It was one of the early Crosman lookalike airguns of which they produced a bundle.

Crosman Single-Action Six was a realistic .22 pellet revolver.
The whole cylinder revolved when the hammer was cocked.

The best and worst of the gun
The best thing about this gun is that the cylinder actually revolves - not just a thin slice of it, like most CO2 revolvers. The chambers were loaded from the front instead of the rear and the pellets were put in tail first. A coiled spring around the cylinder held all six pellets in place until they were fired.

Another nice feature was the weight, which is pretty substantial. Because the gun is all metal, it feels very balanced in your hand.

The CO2 powerlet was installed externally - where the ejector rod housing on a Colt Single-Action Army might be. Because the powerlet is larger in diameter than a Colt ejector housing, Crosman supplied a split piece of matte-finished black plastic tubing to cover up the powerlet when it was on the gun. They also had a fake ejector housing in the correct place to complete the disguise.

The worst thing about the SA-6 was its use of gas. While modern CO2 pistols get 45-60 shots per powerlet, the SA-6 gets only 35 good shots on a warm day. Usually, you're lucky to see shot number 30. At the time this model was contemporary, powerlets were known as leakers. They had bottlecap ends that didn't seal worth a darn. You'd be lucky to get four out of five to work - in a gun that used them up in no time.

An inexpensive addition to your airgun collection
Crosman made plenty of other revolvers at the time such as the Hahn BB gun, the Crosman model 36 and the Crosman Shiloh. There were also real leather holsters for all these guns. They were very prolific in their day, and none of the Crosman revolvers are particularly hard to find today. An SA-6 in shooting condition is worth about $50, and one that's new in the box should bring about $100.

If you're a collector of vintage air pistols, this is a good place to get started with Crosman because the prices are still in the affordable range. In a future posting, I'll mention some places where you can get these old guns repaired and resealed.


At October 11, 2005 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm doing a science fair project on how the kinetic energy delivered by the pellet decreases as the Carbon Dioxide cartridge is used up. I think it the pistol (its a revolver) is this one, but im not sure what other sites are good?

At October 11, 2005 7:54 PM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

Actually, velocity does not decrease until all the liquid CO2 in the powerlet has evaporated. CO2 is used as a propellant because it is self-regulating.

Go to the September 30 posting which is an index of everything I've posted and check out some of the other CO2 articles. I recommend "Is airgun barrel length important" from April 4 and "Will a PCP gun function the same if I fill it with CO2?" from April 19.

Good luck with your project,


At October 13, 2005 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for replying! Sorry about the quality of the last post, I was working at a library, and my time and the computer was about to run out.

At October 13, 2005 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which posts or websites would have the best technical information about how exactly the CO2 cartridges work?
Yours seem to be the best I've found so far.
Thanks again.

At October 13, 2005 7:51 PM, Anonymous B.B. Pelletier said...

CO2 posts:

May 3
May 16
May 25
June 21
June 27
July 11
July 19
August 5
August 6

And do a Google search on CO2. The information is very technical, but this is a science project, after all!


At June 25, 2006 10:03 PM, Anonymous M. Robinson said...

Where can I get a cylinder cover for a Crosman .22 caliber single action "Peacemaker" model 44?
Please respond to MHarleymama@aol.com

At September 03, 2006 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! I inherited a Crosman SA6 from my dad and from his, his dad but the seals seam to be...uhhh....not seally so any help on this would be nice


At September 03, 2006 2:32 PM, Anonymous B.B. Pelletier said...


If the leak is slow it may be fixed with a drop of Crosman Pellgunoil on the tip of a fresh powerlet. That fixes 3/4 of the slow leakers. If it's fast, it needs to be resealed.

Send it to this guy.

Rick Willnecker. Contact him at airgunshop@aol.com or call 717-382-1481.


At September 20, 2006 2:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a Model 44/177 Peacemaker. In original box w/ equipment. Cleaning rod, manuel, oil container. If any one is interested feel free to contact me at idonatus@earthlink.net. It is not legal in some states. I will have to check

At January 06, 2007 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I'm I'm looking for a peacemaker 44/177 (or 44/22). If anyone has one? ramblerbob@hotmail.com


At October 24, 2007 7:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have an old crossman revolver like the sa-6, but it jammed and someone tryed to pry back the hammer to clear it...and bent the trigger sear...anywhere i can get a new one? and the new seals, if possible

At October 24, 2007 8:50 PM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

To get parts for a SA-6 you'll have to buy a parts gun.

The seals are made up by hobby airgunsmiths.

Try John Groenewold (Google the name).


At December 18, 2007 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have been looking for one of the crosman model SA6 pistols or the daisy model 179 and the daisy model 25 and or the sheridan blue or silver streak. If anyone has info please email me anativerose5@msn.com thanks

At January 24, 2008 1:16 AM, Blogger The Big Bore Addict said...

Here's one;


I emailed you as well in case you don't look here often.

I think the price is a little high, or I would have bought it.

I tried $80.00 & it said "reserve not yet met"

So good luck. ;)

- The BBA -

At January 24, 2008 5:24 PM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...


$80 is about the limit. The gun looks good. For more it should come in a box.


At February 25, 2008 7:42 AM, Anonymous SA Fan said...

I found a great site for these. If you contact the fellow he will tell you prices which are high but he has refinished or worked them over so they are essentially new with seals that are resistant to the CO2. They are also available worked over for fast draw competition.

Main Page:

At March 02, 2008 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a Crosman model SA6 that I am looking to sell. It is used and does have some signs on wear but is in great working condition. A little bit of care could do it wonders. If anyone is interested, I can send a picture, please email me at jrsygrl79@yahoo.com.


At March 02, 2008 5:56 PM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

You'll get better results advertising this for free on the American Airguns website:



At March 21, 2008 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a Crossman Single six I got from a friend who passed away it is like new in the box, and I would like to sell it. Contact me at bccowboy@gmail.com

At March 21, 2008 1:52 PM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...

You'll get better results advertising this for free on the American Airguns website:



At March 22, 2008 2:40 AM, Blogger The Big Bore Addict said...


I'm interested in it!

I will email you, but in case you see this first...

How much do you want for it?


- The BBA -

At March 22, 2008 8:16 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...


He went on American Airguns yesterday for $50. I'm afraid it's gone.


At March 23, 2008 2:27 AM, Blogger The Big Bore Addict said...

Well... I did email him within six hours so maybe I might get lucky.

I haven't heard back from him & just emailed him again to let me know if it sold or not, so PLEASE cross your fingers for me.

There is nothing saying it's been sold, but you never know.
You really can't tell, as you cannot post replies on that site, just send emails to the buyers & sellers.

That is a great price for it & I'm praying I get it!

- The BBA -

At March 23, 2008 8:58 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...


Good luck.


At March 25, 2008 2:48 AM, Blogger The Big Bore Addict said...

Yup... Someone beat me to it. :(

That was a great price too.
Oh well, back to the forums & auction sites. ;)

- The BBA -

At November 12, 2009 12:33 AM, Blogger The Big Bore Addict said...


I now have every one of Crosman's old six shooters, from the SA6, both Peacemakers in .177 & .22 cal, the Shiloh, & the Hahn, all in there boxes, with manuals & all. I even have a couple of holsters for them too, along with a large number of Crosman's other classics.

It took a while to find nice ones at the right price, but it was worth it.

These are very fun guns & it was just as fun collecting them all.

They're not the most accurate, but they ARE a lot of fun to shoot, & most importantly, they're a great part of Crosman's history to have in your collection.

Crosman has SO many great pistols from back in the day to collect, from the notorious 600, to their MK1's & MKII's, 451's, 150's, & their 677 Plink-O-Matic (their BB version of their .22 cal semi auto 10 shot 600. I could go on & on, but the point is, that it is a LOT of fun collecting these old guns, so don't miss out on them, while you buying all the great new ones too.

Keep in mind though... As cool as the older ones are, you don't want to pass up the new great ones like the Crosman Marauder & ones that have been around but are still in production, like the Air Arms TX200 MkIII, etc.


At November 12, 2009 7:50 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...


You didn't mention the 38 T and 38C. Do you have each off them, as well?


At November 13, 2009 2:57 AM, Blogger The Big Bore Addict said...


I was talking about the Old Western style six shooters, but actually, yes... I have a 38T 6" .177 & a 38C 4" .177 both in the boxes with manuals, etc., & also the .22 caliber versions of each as well, along with the 179 & even the Daisy 1871 commemorative pistol.

The only six shooter I don't have that I want is the .50 cal model 3357 that shoots paint balls.

BTW... If you see one in good condition at a fair price, PLEASE grab it for me or let me know.
I have searches in my auto recon on the auction sites for it, but haven't seen one yet.

I did just pick up a Schimel GP 22 & a Benjamin 422 too, & I now have Crosman M1's both with the plastic AND one with the wood stock, both in very good condition. I actually have two of each but am selling the two that aren't the ones that are in VG condition, just good.

And of course the three 451's, one with box & manual, & 677 with box & manual, MK1's & MKII's with boxes & manuals (one even with the leather carrying case, three variants of the 600 with boxes & manuals, but still looking for a Sears variant in god condition, but I do have a number of MK1's, MKII's, & 600's in LD's as well, including a Troy Adams .25 cal MK1, & even an AIR17 converted to CO2, along with a stock one in the box, two Z-77's in the clam shell packs, four 1100's one NIB with manual & all, two skeet launchers, original boxes of skeet & shot shells for them, & the model 76 reloading kit too, along with a Farco, even a Crooked Barn shot pistol that shoots the 1100 shot shells, & I did wind up getting that BB Gatling gun too.

I could go on & on, but you know me & what i like. LOL

I have over 100 pieces, so I'm getting there. ;)
Now I just need a couple more pistols & then I'll be focusing on the high end spring rifles like the Air Arms 200 & such. My B-40 is nice, but I want the really nice ones.

With the exception of my six PCP's that I have, I'm going for the expensive stuff now. ;)


At November 13, 2009 7:01 AM, Blogger B.B. Pelletier said...




At November 14, 2009 1:34 AM, Blogger The Big Bore Addict said...


FYI... It all started with a comment YOU made about 2 years ago, that I'll never forget.

"Once you have one, you'll know what everyone else knows. The Crosman 600 is the best pistol they ever made!"

Do you remember how you had to tell me to cool my heals, because I HAD to have one yesterday? LOL

I'm pretty sure I drove you nuts with all my questions on them, but
once I got my first 600, I SAID WOW!

And then I was off to the races!

Getting all the inexpensive ones first (to build a large collection without breaking the bank), & then moving up to the more expensive pieces, & am continuing in that fashion. Like I said. I'm now moving up to the high end springer rifles now.

It's all your fault!

One correction though... I said I had a 179... That's a Daisy. It's actually a Crosman Frontier 36.

So, other than that elusive .50 cal Crosman 3357... I have just about every six shooter I want.

BTW... I'm almost done inventorying all my airguns. (I wrote down all the serial numbers just in case they ever got stolen God forbid), so I'll have a list for you to look at soon & tell me what you think, & what I'm missing that I should consider.

BTW... While I love my P1, my P11 in .22 cal is not half bad either.
I don't know why PA doesn't carry it?

Any ways, just think. That one comment of yours got me back into a hobby I once loved that I forgot all about.

I've only been collection for 2 years now, but I have learned SO much & have had almost 200 airguns. (I've both bought & sold.)

So B.B. thank you for getting me back into a hobby I love, & helping me learn things I would have never learned with out your help.

HEY! That just gave me an idea!
I think it might be fun starting a thread about how the regulars on this blog got started collecting airguns.

What do you think?



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