"COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH NAVY SIZE GRIP. SN 96. Cal. 44. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, p. 163, the author states "the number of fluted cylinder Armies with the Navy size grip is limited to approximately ten which were made under serial #100." This rare revolver not only has the rare Navy size grip, it has a 7-1/2" rnd bbl with Hartford address and a brass replacement front sight. It has the creeping rack & pinion rammer which is, unusually, numbered. It has 3-screw frame not cut for shoulder stock and has capping cutout without capping channel. Cylinder is full fluted with patent date in one flute and serial number on one of the lands between nipples at back end. Two of other lands have number "40". It has brass trigger guard & backstrap with 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver with 7-1/2" bbl with wood stocks and under special notation, "fluted cylinder and short stock". It was shipped to Colt's New York Office in July of 1861 in a shipment of ten same type guns. Also accompanying are several appraisals. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including rammer, wedge & grip. Bbl & cylinder retain 75-80% of a fine very old restored finish. Rammer retains faded case colors on pivot. Frame, with softened edges, retains most of its faded case colors and hammer with fine pitting around nose, retains most of its faded case colors. Trigger guard & backstrap are a medium mustard patina. Grip has a repaired chip at top left side, otherwise is sound with moderate edge wear and some light nicks & scratches in varnish and retains about 95% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-32328 JR360 (10,000-15,000)"
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