Colt 1860 Army
The Colt 1860 Army was the most common handgun used by the Union Army in the Civil War. Before the war the Colt dragoon was the heavy pistol of the US Dragoons and is a powerful pistol. It was also quite heavy. The 1860 army was designed to retain the power of the dragoon but at a lighter weight. The 1860 Army weighs in at 2 pounds 11 ounces, while the dragoon weighed around 4 and one half pounds. With the start of the Civil War the 60 Army quickly became the pistol of choice for the army.
This example was produced mid 1863. It is complete with an unnumbered wedge. The other parts have matching serial numbers. The metal is a smooth grey patina with some scattered areas of light pitting. The markings are all deep and readable. The action is strong and it locks up tight. There are inspector's initials in several places on major parts. The cylinder scene is about 50%. The grips are solid with visible cartouches on both sides. There is a chip out of the left grip near the frame and a small chip out of the bottom of the right grip.