"COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY REVOLVER. SN 15519. Cal. 44. SPRINGFIELD ARSENAL REWORKED Usual configuration with 8" rnd bbl and "NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA" address with German silver front sight & a 3-leaf third model dragoon style rear sight dovetailed into cylinder end on top. It has usual rebated cylinder with Naval battle scene & a 4-screw frame cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw and short stock screws. It also has brass trigger guard with a large "US" stamped just in front of trigger guard web and iron backstrap with 1-pc walnut grip that has thin but legible cartouches and has small inspector initials on various parts. For a long time it was thought that these revolvers with mixed numbers and the "US" stamping was possibly a field repair or a militia rework but several recent articles in various publications have disclosed that these reworks were probably done at Springfield Arsenal. Bbl, frame, cylinder pin & backstrap are all matching numbered with wedge having number "6240", cylinder "8388" & trigger guard "28017". Grip was not removed to check its number. CONDITION: Very good. Numbers as noted above. Bbl retains a cleaned smooth blue/brown patina with a few light nicks & dings. Cylinder is a matching patina and retains 40-50% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Frame retains 50-60% faded case colors, stronger on right side and in sheltered areas. Trigger guard is a light brass patina & backstrap matches bbl & cylinder. Grip is sound with slightly chipped toes and light nicks & scratches showing moderate wear with legible cartouches. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-32322 JR373 (3,000-5,000)"
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