SOLD FOR: $1501
Model: Third Model Deringer (Thuer)
Serial Number: 18072
Year of Manufacture: Ca. 1875-1895
Caliber: .41 Short Rimfire
Action Type: Single Action, Single Shot Side Loading
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “-COLT-“. The bottom of the barrel is marked “18072”, found again marked on the left of the grip frame under the grip. The left of the frame is marked “41 CAL”.
Barrel Length: 2 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rounded blade fixed to the front of the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth wood panels. The grips have minor handling wear with some scattered minor marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition as Antique.
Type of Finish: Blue & Silver-Plated Brass
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There are some scattered spots of light erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This derringer retains about 35% of its metal finish. The barrel has a mottled appearance with some remaining finish and other surfaces gone to a light patina. Most of the frame has lost its silver finish in the exposed surfaces, with a little bit in protected areas and in the grip straps. There is strong silver finish on the sides of the frame under the grips (concealed when the grips are installed). The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Fine condition as Antique.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a safety notch. The lockup has light no play. The trigger is crisp. We did not fire this derringer. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards..
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The most popular of the Colt derringers, the Third Model or “Thuer” was introduced in 1875 and remained in Colt catalogs until 1912 with some 45,000 produced. This is a nice example with some original finish remaining. It has a better bore than we’re used to seeing on these old deringers and still locks up tight. This will make a great Thuer to round out your Colt derringer collection. Please see our photos and good luck!