Sold For: $7596
Model: Frontier Six Shooter, 1st Generation
Serial Number: 148371
Year of Manufacture: 1892 (https://www.colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .44-40 Winchester
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate Cylinder
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F. A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.”, the left is marked “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. The left of the frame is marked “PAT. SEPT 19. 1871. / JULY 2, 72. JAN 19. 75” and with a circled rampant colt logo. The bottom of the frame and the bottom of the trigger guard at the front are each marked “148371”. The butt of the grip frame is marked “148 / 371”. The rear of the loading gate has assembly number “530”. The left of the trigger guard is marked “S”. The hammer slot is marked “0”. The inside of each grip panel is hand-scribed “1890”.
Barrel Length: 7 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “V”-notch at the rear of a groove in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered black hard rubber with rampant colt in oval at the top of each panel. The grips have light handling wear with most notable marks on the smooth bottom faces. The checkering and rapmant colts are well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 70% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The barrel has wear along the left side with some other scattered minor marks and minor surface oxidation. The outside of the ejector rod housing has wear discolored with oxidation, but the finish is fairly strong on the top and bottom. The frame has some strong case color in front of the cylinder, in the rear sight groove, and on the left flat with other areas muted or showing discoloration from oxidation. The grip frame has fairly strong finish on the flats and around the trigger guard with wear and discoloration in the grip areas. The hammer has generally strong case color with some operational wear. The cylinder shows turn wear in otherwise strong blue finish. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots, some screw heads have tool marks around them. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine condition as Antique.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. Lockup produces very little play side-to-side and barely perceptible end-shake on all six chambers. The trigger is crisp. The cylinder has a removable bushing. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes with a pair of Colt Historian letters which show that this revolver shipped October 31, 1892 to Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Mfg. Company San Francisco Agency as one of 10 guns of the same type in the shipment. The letters are in Excellent condition.