1892 Antique COLT NEW ARMY & NAVY Model .38 Caliber Double Action REVOLVER
First DA Swing Out Cylinder Used by the US Military
Here we present an antique Colt New Army & Navy Model Double Action Revolver, made in 1892 by the Colt Manufacturing Company with a production run from 1892 through 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut. The M1892 Colt Army and Navy was the first general issue double action revolver with a swing out cylinder used by the U.S. military. In 1892 the gun was adopted by the Army in .38 Long Colt caliber, and the revolver was given the name of New Army and Navy. Initial experience with the gun caused officials to request some improvements. This would be an ongoing condition, resulting in Models 1892, 1894, 1896, 1901, and 1903 for the Army, all being a variant of the Model 1892.
A Model 1892 revolver was recovered from the USS Maine after it exploded in Havana Harbor in 1898. It was presented to then-Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt, who would later become President of the United States. Roosevelt brandished this pistol to rally his Rough Riders during the famed charge up San Juan Hill on July 1, 1898.
By the time production ceased in 1907 (the gun would be kept in the government inventory for several years after that) 291,000 of all versions of the Army & Navy had been made. Not a bad track record for an arm that many consider something of a failure.
The overall condition is good. Excellent action. The bore is bright and rifled with some light scouring. Legible markings. Both grips are replacements. This example has been refinished.
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Barrel is 6 inches.
Caliber: .38 Long Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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