CIVIL WAR Antique Colt 1860 Model ARMY Revolver
Early 4-Screw Variation Made in 1861!
Here we present an antique Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver, made in 1861 in Hartford, Connecticut. The Model 1860 was the single most used pistol of the American Civil War. Over 200,000 were made from 1860 to 1873, and 156,000 were made by the end of the war in 1865. The 1860 Army was Samuel Colt’s finest achievement to that point, having finally developed a large caliber revolver that weighed about 2 lbs. 10 oz. to the famous Dragoon’s 4 lbs. 4 oz., and was adopted en masse by the U.S. government with huge contracts. The revolver was well balanced in hand but had a long enough barrel to be effective when utilized as a carbine with the attachable shoulder stock. This revolver represented unprecedented firepower from a handgun in the field at the time and was especially suited to Cavalry. The Confederacy, lacking in manufacturing capabilities though they were, managed to produce limited numbers of copies, and battlefield pickups of the 1860 Army were highly coveted. The 1860 Army went on to serve the U.S. military even after the Civil War and into the Indian Wars, until production of Colt’s 1873 Single Action Army created new waves in the revolver market, and again achieved great success in the military and commercial markets.
This revolver’s serial number dates it to 1861. It features the early 4-screw frame that was the original method for attaching a separate wooden stock to turn the pistol into a carbine. The top of the barrel is marked “ADDRESS COL. SAM COLT NEW YORK, US AMERICA”. The left side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT/44 CAL”. The cylinder is marked “SEPT. 10TH.1850”. The naval Battle of Campeche cylinder scene is still visible.
The overall condition is good. The metal surfaces are nearly bright. The markings are clear and legible. All serial numbers match with the exception of the cylinder. The walnut grips are in good shape. The bore is clear and bright with strong rifling. The action on this revolver is excellent. Here is a very early Civil War Colt revolver that made it all the way through!
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Barrel is 8 inches.
Caliber: .44 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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