Sold For: $1,205
Model: 1860 Army, 2nd Generation 1 of 500 Cased Limited Edition
Serial Number: 210591
Year of Manufacture: 1979 (per Eighth Edition – “Blue Book of Modern Black Powder Arms”) ATF Classified as Antique
Caliber: .44 Caliber Ball
Action Type: Single Action Cap and Ball, Black Powder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the frame is marked “COLTS / PATENT / U.S.”. The top of the barrel assembly is marked “-ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW – YORK U.S. AMERICA-”. The underside of the barrel assembly, frame, and trigger guard are each marked “210591”, the butt of the back strap is marked “0591”. The cylinder is marked “COLT’S PATENT No 591″ and with a roll-engraved naval scene. The left of the trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”.
Barrel Length: 8″ Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a german silver blade fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is notch in the hammer, visible when cocked.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is one-piece smooth walnut. The grip has no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grip is in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue Barrel, Backstrap and Cylinder, Case Colored Frame, Hammer and Loading Lever, Grass Trigger Guard
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The balance is minor discoloration on the brass trigger guard which should polish out easily. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The revolver has what appears to be a factory zip-tie installed and there is no evidence of operation. We have elected to leave the tie installed and not operate the action. The barrel has no play to the frame. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The pistol comes in a black painted walnut French-fit presentation case with gold velvet lining, gold plated 2nd edition belt buckle in a two-piece blue cardboard Colt box, powder flask, two cavity bullet mold, nipple wrench, cap tin and a key for the case. The case is held in a cardboard sleeve. The case has minor wear on the interior from the contents and faint storage wear on the exterior, in about Fine-Excellent condition. The accessories are in Excellent condition. The cardboard sleeve has storage wear with tears at most corners.
Our Assessment: Colt officially regards the 2nd Generation production of their classic black powder pistols as original Colts. This pistol was produced by Colt’s Manufacturing, Co., not under license by the Colt Black Powder Arms Co. During early production Colt imported rough castings of parts from Italy and fitted the guns in the Colt Factory in West Hartford, CT. From 1978 until production ceased in 1982, the parts were produced by Lou Imperato and Iver Johnson Arms in Middlesex, NJ. This 1860 Army is one of 500 made as a Limited Edition with a presentation case, accessories and a gold plated Colt belt buckle. This example is in Excellent condition, appearing to have spent more time in its case than out. The presentation case’s cardboard sleeve has done a good job preserving the case, making for an excellent addition to a Colt or percussion revolver collection. As time goes on, fewer and fewer Authentic Colt Revolver in Excellent condition will exist, so don’t pass up the opportunity to own a Colt 1860 Army as it would have looked new in the 19th century. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This percussion Antique revolver can be sold and shipped direct in California.