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MODEL 1860 COLT ARMY PISTOL – U.S. MARTIAL SPECIMEN – LEGIBLE INSPECTOR’S STAMPS AND CARTOUCHES – MATCHING SERIAL NUMBERS - VERY GOOD CONDITION:   Manufactured during the Civil War in 1863, this Model 1860 Colt Army Revolver was one of those produced under government contract to arm the federal forces.  Retaining all of the original parts with matching serial numbers, this veteran was gently used and well cared for through the years, and presents as a very good example of this iconic Colt.   

The mechanics are excellent, with the cylinder indexing properly and locking up tight at full cock.  The metal finish is very smooth with an overall plum color, with some hints of the original blue in protected areas, and with some traces of the case color patterns visible on the frame.  In the right light, some traces of the original blue finish and case colors still show through the patina in protected areas.  The cylinder scene is still very legible, the proper inspector’s marks are still present on the various parts, and the barrel address and frame stamping are clear and legible.  The brass guard has a nice mellow patina.  The barrel is full length and the muzzle retains a sharp edge without any excess wear.  The rifling in the bore is very strong with only minor areas of frosting.  The screw heads all have sharp edged, distinct slots with no sign of abuse or wear.   

The matching serial number stamps are legible and present on the frame, backstrap, cylinder, arbor, trigger guard, barrel and wedge, and the matching serial number is written in the grip channel under the backstrap. 

The grips are in very good condition with no significant wear at the toe and only the normally encountered handling marks with no cracks or breaks.  Both sides of the pistol’s grip are stamped with the inspector’s cartouches and both are still very legible.   

So many of these US martial Model 1860 Colt Army Pistols were exposed to the extremes of service during the War, and later in the West either in the hands of Indian War soldiers or the civilian frontiersmen, and they show every bit of that hard use.  This is a very attractive specimen which has survived in with all of its original parts in the original configuration, and it retains all of the original government inspectors’ stamps.  A very nice piece to add to your collection and one that will not need to be upgraded.  (0170) $2875


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