Model: Model c1860
Serial Number: 151967
Year of Manufacture: 1864 (http://www.colt.com/customerservices/serialnumberlookup.aspx)
Caliber: .44 Ball
Action Type: Single Action Percussion Revolver
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “ADDRESS COL. SAMl COLT NEW – YORK U.S. AMERICA”. The left side of the frame is marked “COLT’S / PATENT”. The undersides of the barrel, frame, trigger guard, and back strap cylinder are marked “151967”. The wedge is marked “51967”. The cylinder is marked “COLT’S PATENT No. 1967”. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. The forward left of the trigger guard bow is marked “T”.
Barrel Length: 8″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass blade fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” notch in the hammer, visible when cocked.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The one piece smooth walnut grips are lacquered, refinished and exhibit multiple handling and compression marks. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue Barrel, Trigger Back Strap and Cylinder, Case Colored Frame, Silver Plated Brass Trigger Guard.
Bore Condition: The bore is gray, and the rifling is shallow. There is mild and consistent erosion in the bore, though no severe pitting.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 40% of its original metal finish. Patches of finish with blue hue remaining can be seen in the protected areas and on the underside of the barrel and some of the case coloring can still be seen. Handling marks and marks in the surface are visible throughout. A dark patina covers the blue finish and bare metal. Traces of the Ormsby Naval Battle are present on the cylinder. Spots of oxidation are evident on the cylinder. Traces of silver are still visible on the trigger guard. The screw heads are mildly distressed but serviceable. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The hammer locks securely into full and half cock and will not fall from half cock. There is moderate play in the cylinder lock up and the cylinder indexes propery. We have not fired this handgun. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a Very Good example of a classic Colt C1860 Army revolver, manufactured during the Civil War. The C1861 was the most commonly carried revolver by Union officers during most of the war, but many were sold on the civilian market as well. This one is not martially marked, which may help explain its condition. About 20% of its finish remains with handling marks commensurate with a gun manufactured in the 1860s. This is a lovely collector’s piece.