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ACTION ARMY, .45. U.S. , ARTILLERY MODEL......
The history of this variation is well known. In the late 1890's the Army adopted the new Colt Double Action .38 revolver, and retired the Single Action from active service. Then along comes the Spanish American War, and the Philippine Insurrection, followed by the Banana Republic Wars. Simply put, the new .38 lacked "stopping power". The old SA war horses were called out of moth balls, had their barrel shortened to 5-1/2 inches, and were refurbished. No regard for Serial Number integrity was exercised. They were then shipped extremely fast to the ongoing battles in the Philippines, Cuba, and other locations. They had "stopping power". This Artillery Colt, is composed of two sets of Serial numbers, and Inspectors. It has a DFC 11992X frame, and a Ainsworth Trigger Guard and Back Strap, Serial No. 488X. The barrel is an RAC, and the cylinder has 4 exposed numbers 2455. The RAC and 1903 cartouche appears on the right hand Walnut grip. This Colt would have been destined for service in the Philippines. This Artillery has extremely strong condition for an issued revolver. It has about 65-70% blue on the barrel, cylinder, and grips areas. There is even quite visible case color hardening on the frame and hammer. The Walnut grips are smooth, free from damage, and have a perfect cartouche ! The mechanical actions are PERFECT !! all phases, of cocking, locking and firing, a tight perfect action. ALL Colt applied markings are present and vividly clear. ALL Military markings are present and clear.
Just in passing, the trigger guard and back strap numbers are very much in the Custer Issue range of Serial Numbers. An excellent Colt Artillery Model, both in condition, markings, and Serial Numbers. PRICE $6,500
|ONLY ONE !! EVER MANUFACTURED BY COLT,
ONLY ONE KNOWN TO EXIST
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY, IN .32 RIM FIRE !
COLT FACTORY LETTER, & TWO REFERENCE TEXTS
I think it would be safe to say, this is the RAREST Colt Single Action Army in the world. That could be disputed by famous owned Colts, or Engraved Colts, BUT pure and simple, it is the ultimate rare Colt SAA based on caliber ! and production number. Serial No. 173X is a 7-1/2 inch , wood grips Colt, verified by Factory Letter, and shipped in 1879. It is within the .44 Rim Fire Series, as it SHOULD BE, and is explained in two reference texts. Parsons and Cochran both explain the reason.
Along with the .44 on the trigger guard, the .32 cal appears here on the shoulder of the trigger guard, which answers the question in the text, how is it marked? ALL Factory applied markings are present and very distinct: barrel address, caliber, serial numbers etc... ALL serial numbers are matching, and ALL parts are original to the Colt. Mechanically, it operates PERFECTLY, each and every time the hammer is cocked. It locks, aligns, indexes, and has celerity of fire. It still has a small percentage of factory blue remaining, in protected areas, and a small amount of case color on the hammer. The balance is a smooth, untouched, antique patina. It is worth noting, this Colt has a very exotic shipping location. If you wish to have the ability to say, I own the ONLY one in the world, here is your chance, plus it's Single Action Army history !
PRICE $ 18,500
Please Note: the correct Colt Factory Rim Fire Hammer
Clearly seen are the chambers for the .32 Rim Fire cartridge
|COLT MODEL 1877 DA .38
a.k.a. "THE LIGHTNING"
EXTREMELY RARE, 1 PIECE HARD RUBBER GRIPS 1878........
Colt introduced their very first Double Action revolver in 1877, in two very popular calibers. They were .38 and .41, with special order availability in .32. Colts largest distributor of western sold Colts was Kittredge & Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a sales promotion, they gave the names we use today, Lightning .38, Thunderer .41, and Rainmaker .32. They were an immediate success, despite a delicate double action system. Originally introduced with checkered Rose Wood grips, but this was a transitional time with Colt, and hard rubber was the future for grips. In a VERY SMALL serial range after No.2000 they introduced ONE piece checkered hard rubber grips. They were quickly discontinued after about 2,000 revolvers, as while in the warehouse they tended to warp. When fitted to the back strap there was a lot of breakage, so they were discontinued in favor of the two piece hard rubber, which lasted until end of production. Serial No. 317X is ONE of the extremely rare specimens with 1 piece hard rubber grips, and in PERFECT condition !!
Speaking of condition, this 1877 has about 95-96% of the original factory nickel, and most all of the bright fire blue on the hammer and trigger. It also has a PERFECT acid etched barrel panel, designating caliber.
The singular most important aspect of this Colt 1877, is the fact IT IS MECHANICALLY perfect, in all phases of working operation ! This Lightning would have been manufactured in very early 1878, and probably worth a factory letter due to it's scarce and rare grips configuration. If you are a fancier of the Model 1877 this is an excellent opportunity to own one of the scarcest variations from Colt.
FACTORY LETTER 1892..
TEXAS SHIPPED, SAN ANTONIO
This classic short barrel .45 Single Action Army was shipped into San Antonio Texas in 1892. Serial No. 14564X has about 75% of the original factory nickel finish the balance is bright, having not rusted, so the overall appearance is very strong. It has very excellent relief Carved Steer Head grips, very "Texas".
All Serial Numbers are matching, and all parts are original to the Colt. ALL factory applied markings: caliber, patents, barrel address etc.. are extremely clear and legible. Mechanically it is PERFECT , it cocks, locks, rotates, lines up, indexes and has perfect celerity of fire. This is a really classic Texas Image Colt SAA .45.
PRICE $7,150 Customer Hold
SIGNIFICANT, .36cal, '51 COLT NAVY REVOLVER
This Colt Model 1851 Navy, 4th Model, Serial No. 11893X, has a very interesting story. Shipped in 1862 to B. Kittridge & Co., Cincinnati, it was "glamorized" for sale to Union, and oh yes!, Confederate Officers. This Navy was Silver Washed, and had the Deluxe Burl Walnut grips. The screws were lightly blued, to create a very attractive revolver. Kittridge was a real "marketing" force for Colt. Remember the names " Lightning" , "Thunderer" and "Rainmaker" were coined by Kittridge. Plus other names for other models, like the Big Colt on the .41 New Line. Along with the Factory letter comes a hand written letter from a *noted dealer, who has seen many Kittridge innovations, such as silver washing, and details this in the letter. This "glamorizing" of the Navy made it more appealing to the Officer Class of Civil War participants. This location served as the Western "supply" store, for the Trans- Mississippi Army, and perhaps down into Missouri and "Reb" hands. Today, only about 20% of the Silver wash remains, the balance is a soft gray patina. ALL Serial numbers are matching, and ALL parts are ORIGINAL to this Navy. ALL factory applied markings are clear and present. The working action is SUPERB and functions PERFECTLY all the time!!
The cylinder scene is strong, present and complete.
This is a very unique Colt 1851 Navy revolver, with a very significant history, and most probable Civil War history, generated by Kittridge & Co, Cincinnati, Ohio. PRICE $3,850
The Silver wash still is intact on some of the surfaces, as seen here on the frame, recoil shield, and hammer.
You can see the DELUXE Burl Walnut wood used for the grips.
|CHOCTAW INDIAN NATION
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY, .41, 4-3/4 inch, St. Louis Shipped.
Serial No. 14977X, is a fine old example of a Black Powder Colt Single Action from the year 1893. The once blue Colt has about 10% of the original blue remaining, and about 5% of the case hardening colors are still visible. The balance is a soft antique patina. Mechanically, this Colt functions perfectly on every phase of cocking, locking, and firing. All serial numbers are matching, and all parts are original to the Colt. the checkered hard rubber grips shown hand use, but the checkering is still present and clear. The interesting part of this Colt is it's location background. This Colt along with two other different maker single action revolvers was purchased in the Choctaw Nation, Durant Oklahoma. It was a Choctaw Indian reservation discovery piece.
This Colt has an interesting historical background, and an association with the old Indian Territory days. PRICE $3,850
|COLT SINGLE ACTION, "COLT
FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER", 44/40 cal. Roll Die Barrel, CARVED STEER HEAD PEARL
Serial No. 12831X is a fine example of a Western carried Colt. The nickel plate missing is from Holster wear, and as you can see the "inside" holster wear on the left hand side of the CFSS is the most prevalent. It does have about 65% of all the Colt factory original bright nickel finish, the balance a gray/brown patina. The Colt has a very pleasant appearance. The mechanics of the CFSS are PERFECT: safety, half cock, full cock, indexing, locking tight, and a smooth release to fire. It has the 5-1/2 inch factory barrel, and has the great western appearance with a pair of period carved Pearl grips, with the ever popular Steer Head Long Horn pattern.
There is even strong presence of fire blue remaining on several screw heads. This is just a real 44/40, and a representative Frontier used Colt Single Action.
All factory applied markings are present and clear, including the CFSS barrel marking. Note: This is an incredibly early Roll Die Barrel, CFSS, as Acid Etched Panels are found AFTER this serial number !!
|" A MOST UNIQUE
REVOLVER" dating to the LATE 1840 to 1850'period..DRAGOON / WALKER, PART
COLT, PART UNKNOWN MAKER, BUT ALL OLD, AND PERIOD TO THE TIME FRAME
Grips, back strap, frame, hammer are all Colt parts!
This revolver is a mystery as to it's existence. The rear half of the revolver is all Colt parts. It has been examined, and re-examined by many authorities, and it is the opinion that all those parts were manufactured by Colt, and are 1st Dragoon parts. The barrel, is virtually indistinguishable from a Colt Walker barrel, the difference being the rifling of the barrel. It is more of an 1851 Navy style rifling, with more twist than a Walker barrel.
The frame still shows some remnants of case coloring, and the barrel traces of blue.
This Percussion .44 revolver is the product of Colt Dragoon parts, and a outside of Factory Walker barrel, that is expertly made. The entire package is "OLD" this is NOT a Italian copy, and NOT a modern re-pro. It is an old revolver from the mid 19th century. The reason for the marriage of the two models we will never know, or why? It has the "heft" of the Walker, and it was actually used "during the day"
Original Lead fill hole for the V-Spring
This revolver has no maker identification, and is not marked in any way. It is in every way, a large Dragoon/Walker pistol from the mid 19th century, and the product of an incredibly capable maker. Lunchbox parts? Left over parts, either way, a solid specimen. So, if you always wanted a "Walker" and the price left you in the cold, this is a close representation, and a 19th century revolver, and who knows, maybe more Colt than we think!
AFTER EXAMINATION AT THE RECENT LAS VEGAS ANTIQUE ARMS SHOW, (JANUARY 2013) BY A TEAM OF ONGOING RESEARCHERS INTO THE WALKER COLT, IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THIS IS A COLT FACTORY BENCH, "PROTOTYPE" FOR THE 1ST MODEL COLT DRAGOON. EXHIBITING 1ST DRAGOON PARTS, MIXED WITH WALKER PARTS. THE RESEARCH TEAM HAS UNCOVERED STARTLING INFORMATION ABOUT WALKERS, AND WHEN THEY ACTUALLY WERE FIRST MADE, PREDATING 1847! THE HISTORY OF THE WALKER, A.K.A. "OLD MODEL ARMY REVOLVER".
|"COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER", 1887.....
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, CHAMBERED IN CALIBER 44/40
The most desirable of all the Frontier Six Shooters are the revolvers having the delicate acid etched caliber panel on the left hand side of the barrel. This CFSS, Serial No. 12193X, has the etched panel.
As seen above the panel is very faint, BUT present, which is wonderful, because most panels disappeared from use very quickly.
This 7-1/2 inch example saw probably a fair amount of use, not abuse mind you, just normal use. There is about 45% of the original nickel plate remaining, some bright, some slightly frosty. The balance is a gray patina, with a slight plum tint in places. the Walnut grips have about 75% of their original varnish, and show normal use for a Colt of this age. The screw heads still show strong tints of fire blue!, as does the trigger. The cylinder has a remarkable amount of nickel left.
The mechanical action is SUPERB ! All phases of operating are crisp and exact. ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address, frame patents, serial numbers. This is just a very good example of a CFSS, that was used, but still has an excellent visual appearance, and high collectable status. PRICE $4,650
|A VERY SCARCE COLT !!!!!
COLT 1849 POCKET MODEL, with IRON BACK STRAP & TRIGGER GUARD mfg'd 1859
The Pocket Model by Colt held somewhat of a production record, being produced from 1850 to 1873, non interrupted. During this period approximately 340,000 were manufactured. Within this there are many variations. One of the SCARCEST is New York City barrel address, with IRON back strap and trigger guard. It is theorized, that with the closing of the London operation, all parts in the Hartford warehouse were used. Therefore Iron back straps and trigger guards were assembled with the standard New York City barrel address, and shipped domestically!
There is still a large amount of Silver Plating remaining on the Trigger Guard, and upper and lower quadrants of the Back Strap. The percentage of Iron Back Strap '49 Pockets is infinitesimally small ! The barrel and cylinder have turned a dark blue with lighter original blue tones, mixed with a correct plum patina, and have strong and clear factory markings. The cylinder has a very good scene remaining:
Serial No. 15344X has some case color remaining , and ALL factory applied roll dies are clear and crisp. All Serial Numbers are matching, and screw heads are fine with clean slots. Speaking of crisp, this 4 inch barrel '49 pocket, still has an EXACT and PRECISE working action, with each cocking of the hammer. This is a very strong and pleasant example of a VERY scarce variation in '49 Pockets. PRICE $2,850
There are still strong areas of case hardening color on both sides of the frame.
|COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, U.S.
MILITARY, ONE PIECE WALNUT GRIPS, 1877
CARTOUCHE ON LEFT GRIP "DAL" FOR DAVID A. LYLE, PLUS 1877 DATE.
CARTOUCHE ON RIGHT GRIP "JTC" FOR JOHN T. CLEVELAND.
These grips are authentic, period grips. The show normal hand wear for their age, but have no chips missing, or damage!. A pair of grips like these are nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find, and if you need them, this is a great opportunity. It is exceptionally rare to find U.S. grips as a single item ! PRICE $975
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