SOLD FOR: $1476
Model: New Service
Serial Number: 324340
Year of Manufacture: 1926 (Per R. L. Wilson’s The Book of Colt Firearms, Third Edition, Pgs. 359)
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Double Action Revolver with Swing Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “NEW SERVICE 45 COLT”, the top is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A. / PAT’D AUG. 5, 1884. JUNE 5, 1900. JULY 4, 1905″. The crane cut is marked “N”, “324340”. The crane is marked “K” and “324340”. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “H”. The side plate is marked with a rampant colt.
Barrel Length: 7 1/2”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is an adjustable blade pinned to a base that is fixed to the receiver. The rear sight is an adjustable u-notch that is dovetailed into the top strap.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece pearl with inset coin ponies at the top. The rear edges of the panels have intermittent minor nicks and both panels have a few very minor scuffs. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Very Good-to-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original, though the barrel has been touched up with cold blue treatment.
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with well-defined rifling. There is no erosion, but moderate stubborn fouling persists throughout.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 80% of its current/treated metal finish. A great deal of the metal appears to be shifting to a light patina, mainly across the frame, while the barrel has extensive application of cold blue treatment. The metal has scattered light nicks and minor scuffs, with spots of light surface oxidation visible on the lower areas of the frame. The cylinder has a few light nicks on some edges, as well as a few spots of minor surface oxidation, light thinning on most edges, and a turn-line. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. Markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in Good-to-Very Good condition, as partially refinished/touched up.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup has no play whatsoever with the trigger depressed on all chambers. The single action trigger pull is crisp and the double action is smooth, if a bit heavy. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None.