"COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY RICHARDS CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 200777. Cal. 44 CF. Fine early conversion with 8" rnd bbl, German silver front sight, New York address with Richards-style ejector rod housing filling rammer socket. It has a checkered half-moon ejector rod head. It has rebated cylinder with rare twelve cylinder stops & the Richards conversion ring numbered "52" with integral rear sight and floating firing pin. Loading gate & cylinder pin are also numbered "52". It has 3-screw frame, not cut for shoulder stock with "COLT'S PATENT" on left side. It has silver plated trigger guard with iron backstrap and 1-pc walnut grip. There were about 9,000 of these revolvers produced 1873-78. Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms states that serial range ran to about 200,614. This revolver is numbered 200,777. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 25-30% glossy orig blue, mostly on bottom and around front sight with balance a smooth mottled gray/brown patina. Cylinder has four of the stop notches over chambers broken through with exposed holes. It retains 60-70% thin orig blue and about 90% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Frame & conversion ring retain most of their orig case colors, strong on frame, fading to dark on conversion ring, recoil shields & hammer. Trigger guard retains about 85% strong orig silver and backstrap about 50% strong orig blue with backstrap a gray/brown patina. Grip is crisp with minor nicks and retains about 98% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-32309 JR388 (6,000-9,000)"
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