"COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SHERIFF'S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 122389. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Orig nickel finish with 4" bbl, slightly altered front sight with 2-line address on top and the roll mark "COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER" on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and it is fitted with 1-pc walnut grip. The book Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, speculates that there were approximately 1,000 Sheriff's Model single actions produced which he further extrapolates that 494 of them were in 4" and a total of 293 were in nickel finish and a total of 180 revolvers was in 44 caliber. It appears that this revolver was made in 1887, about three years before this bbl marking was reported. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter fully identifying this revolver as found with 4" bbl, nickle finish and wood grip. It was shipped May 13, 1899 to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO in a shipment of 20 same type guns. The ship date would explain the bbl marking. CONDITION: Good to very good. Traces of orig nickel remain in the most sheltered areas around the recoil shields & hammer with balance of revolver a dark brown patina. All markings & legends are legible with the patent dates somewhat thin. Grip shows heavy wear with chipped edges and four notches on right side and retains traces of orig varnish. Hammer is not strong in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-33879 JR354 (12,500-17,500)"
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