1863 CIVIL WAR / INDIAN WARS Antique COLT U.S. M1860 .44 Percussion ARMY
ARSENAL REFURBISHED for Use in the INDIAN WARS
Here we present an antique Colt U.S. Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver, made in 1863 in Hartford, Connecticut, and Arsenal Refurbished for use in the Indian Wars. This is the reason that the serial numbers do not match. 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. A good amount of blue finish remains from the period arsenal refurbishment. Strong, tight action. The bore is in very good condition with sharp rifling. Solid grip with some chipping around the bottom. The left side of the grip has some hand markings that are not entirely decipherable. Mixed numbers from the refurbishment. A very nice and scarce Colt 1860 Army that was arsenal refurbished after the Civil War and used well into the Indian Wars!
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Barrel is 8 inches.
Caliber: .44 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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