COLT 1860 ARMY
This Colt is a nice example of this famous model that was purchased in large quantity for the Union Army. This streamlined pistol was designed to improve the Colt dragoons - updating them and making them lighter. This pistol uses the 1851 navy frame and has a rebated cylinder to increase the diameter to handle the 44 caliber bullets. These were made from 1860 into the early 1870's and had a total production of about 200,000 pistols. Col's factory burned in 1864 and production slowed after the fire. This Pistol was made in the later part of 1863.
The pistol is complete and has matching serial numbers on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, backstrap. The cylinder, cylinder pin and wedge have the last four numbers stamped on them as well. The wedge does match. This model did not have a serial number on the loading level. The markings are good with the barrel address still deep and strong. The cylinder scene is about 40% there, perhaps more. There are government inspector's marks in several places. The cartouches in the stock are partially visible but not readable. The metal does not have original finish remaining and has a grey/ brownish patina . There is some scattered light pitting but mostly the metal is smooth. The bore has some fine pitting but the rifling is strong and distinct. The action is solid and locks up nicely with no play.
All in all this is a good example of this popular revolver.