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.