Model: 1860 Army, 3rd Generation Signature Series
Serial Number: 217660
Year of Manufacture: 1995-1996, 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”. 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 “217660”, the butt of the back strap is marked “660”. The cylinder is marked “COLT’S PATENT No 660″ and roll-marked with a naval scene. The left of the trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”.
Barrel Length: 8″ Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass blade. 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, Brass Trigger Guard
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is infrequent minor oxidation in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The loading lever has faint operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrel has no play to the frame. The cylinder has very little play on each chamber. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a gray cardboard Colt Black Powder box with an assortment of factory paperwork including manual and a white cardboard serial-matching shipping carton.
Our Assessment: This is a 3rd Generation or “Signature Series” Colt 1860 Army. Produced between 1994-2002, it has all the features of the original, but has the advances of modern metallurgy and of course hasn’t seen the ravages of time that originals have. This example is in Excellent condition, appearing to have spent more time in its included original box than out. This will make a fine addition to any Colt or black powder revolver collection. Even better, this revolver comes from the personal collection of Rick Hacker, noted gun writer, NRA Field Editor and winner of the John T. Amber Literary Award. Please see our photos and good luck!