Mid-Civil War Period Production Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver
Mid-Civil War Period Production Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver – The Colt Model 1860 Army was the most commonly used revolver during the Civil War. Over 200,000 1860 Army revolvers were produced by Colt from1860 through 1873; of these, over 127,000 were purchased by the U.S. government. The Army, a single-action, six-shot revolver with an 8”barrel, rifled with seven grooves, presents a total length of 14” and an overall weight of 11 ounces. This example retains traces of its original naval battle scene on its cylinder and has all matching serial numbers – 14,467, indicative of production during late 1862 and early 1863. This Army is the so-called four-screw model, with notches in the recoil shields and iron butt strap for use with the detachable shoulder stock. The walnut grip retains some of its original finish, with no visible inspector’s cartouches. The top of the barrel is stamped: “ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA”. The cylinder indexes well. Overall, this pistol is a solid example of a mid-war production Colt Army; there are some traces of bluing or case hardening on some of the screws, and the pistol’s iron and brass retain a pleasing patina.