ENGRAVED Antique Model 1860 COLT ARMY .44 Percussion “WILD WEST” Revolver
ICONIC Revolver Used in WESTWARD EXPANSION
Here we present an antique Engraved Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver, made in 1870 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 good. This one has some old engraving and a partial refinish. The numbers match with the exception of the unnumbered barrel wedge. The cylinder is a replacement that has been renumbered. The action (hammer/trigger) is strong, though the muzzle must be pointed down for the cylinder to index due to a weak handspring. The bore is in very good condition with strong rifling. The grip is solid.
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Barrel is 8 inches.
Caliber: .44 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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