SOLD FOR: $1426
Model: 1902, variant of the 1898 Double Action Frontier, US Ordnance, “Philippine” or “Alaskan”.
Serial Number: 46658
Year of Manufacture: 1900 (COLT Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single or Double 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 side of the barrel is marked “45 COLT”. The left side of the frame is marked “R.A.C.”, as is the left side trigger guard bow. The right side of the frame is marked “US”, “J.T.T.”, “1902”. The rear of the loading gate is marked “6658”. The butt is marked with the serial on two lines “46 / 658” forward of the lanyard loop. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “6658”, “RAC”, and “P”.
Barrel Length: 6”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a quarter round blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” notch in the top strap.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are checkered hard rubber with smooth borders, wedge-shaped smooth base and rampant colt in oval at the top of each panel. The smooth areas of both panels have minor nicks throughout. The checkering is well-defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips rate in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is quite bright with well defined rifling. There is some scattered minor stubborn fouling in the bore.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 33% of its metal finish. The cylinder has several areas with clusters of moderate tool marks and scrapes. There is moderate thinning on all edges. The barrel has scattered light nicks and scuffs. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with usable slots. Pins are not peened. The markings are fairly clear. Overall, this revolver rates Good condition.
Mechanics: The action does not function correctly. After the trigger is depressed and the action cycles, it will not cycle again unless the hammer is pulled back half way. Technically, the revolver does not function in either single or double action without using a part of with process. The cylinder locks up with light play when the trigger is depressed. We have not fired this revolver. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Colt DA Frontier Revolver, Model of 1878 was made until 1905, when swing-out cylinder double-action revolvers started to push loading gate revolvers out of the market. About 51,210 of these revolvers were made, with about 41,000 produced prior to 1899. In 1902, US Ordinance would procure nearly 5,000 of what is called the “Philippine” or “Alaskan” variant. This one saw employ with the Philippine Constabulary during the Philippine Insurrection, a poorly named and utterfly baffling three year conflict that saw the Phillipines batted about like a cat toy. It features a shorter 6” barrel and an oversized trigger guard for a gloved hand. This example retains very little of its original finish, but has a more than decent bore. It would make a great addition to a Colt collection. Please see our photos and good luck!