1862 m. CIVIL WAR COLT U.S. Model 1860 ARMY .44 Caliber Percussion REVOLVER
Early War Cavalry & Officer Sidearm
Here we present an antique Colt U.S. Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver, made in 1862 in Hartford, Connecticut. The 1860 Army was the single most used pistol of the American Civil War. Over 200,000 were made from 1860 to 1873, and 156,000 of those were made by the end of the war in 1865. These were excellent sidearms for officers, cavalry, infantry, and artillery troops. The 1860 Army was Samuel Colt’s finest achievement to that point, having finally developed a large caliber revolver that weighed about 2 lbs. 10 oz. to the famous Dragoon’s 4 lbs. 4 oz., and was adopted en masse by the U.S. government with huge contracts.
The revolver was well balanced in hand and had a long enough barrel to be effective when utilized as a carbine with the attachable shoulder stock. This revolver represented unprecedented firepower from a handgun in the field at the time and was especially suited to Cavalry. The Confederacy, lacking in manufacturing capabilities though they were, managed to produce limited numbers of copies, and battlefield pickups of the 1860 Army were highly coveted. The 1860 Army went on to serve the U.S. military even after the Civil War and into the Indian Wars, until production of Colt’s 1873 Single Action Army created new waves in the revolver market, and again achieved great success in the military and commercial markets.
The overall condition is very good. Excellent action. Nice bore with strong rifling. The walnut grip is very good with a visible cartouche on each side: JT for John Taylor and GGS for G.G. Saunders. The numbers match with the exception of the wedge, which is unnumbered and looks like it has been with the piece since the period of use. The naval scene on the cylinder is still there. Here is a staple collection piece for every American Civil War Collection.
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Barrel is 8 inches.
Caliber: .44 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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