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Model 1860 4-Screw Type Colt Army Revolver with Low Serial Number


Model 1860 4-Screw Type Colt Army Revolver with Low Serial Number – This Colt Army is an excellent example of an early war issue of the one of the most popular side arms of the Civil War. With all matching numbers – 8197 – this revolver was manufactured in 1861. Approximately 200,000 of these M1860 Army revolvers were manufactured by Colt from 1860 to 1873, as a successor to the heavier, Colt 3rd Model Dragoon. Over 127,000 of these revolvers were purchased by the Federal government during the Civil War. This example exhibits martial and Federal issue elements – a government inspector’s cartouche, albeit somewhat light, on the left side of the walnut grip, as well as inspector’s letters impressed into several of the parts of the pistol; also, the notched recoil shields and butt strap for the attachment of a shoulder stock evidence army or martial issue. The rebated cylinder retains about 70% – 80% of the factory engraved naval scene. The action and indexing is fine, and the gun exhibits an overall plum patina, with some areas of very minor pitting. The bore is strong; some of the frame screws are somewhat buggered. The grips evidence use and wear, with some minor chipping. This early production four-screw frame model has a standard 8” round barrel and the barrel address is totally legible. The cylinder nipples are all intact, with the added feature of a moveable latch like device to insure each percussion cap was seated firmly on each nipple, as the cylinder rotated. The “Colt’s Patent” inscription is clearly visible on the left side of the frame. This is a nice example of an early war, martially marked, 4-screw, Colt Army.