LETTERED US Army Shipped CIVIL WAR COLT Model 1860 ARMY Percussion REVOLVER
1 in an order of 1000 Shipped to NEW YORK for the US ARMY
Here we present an antique Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver, made in 1863 in Hartford, Connecticut. The factory letter confirms this revolver was part of a shipment of 1,000 standard Model 1860 Army revolvers sold to the U.S. Government and sent to the New York Arsenal on Governor’s Island on March 12, 1863 (only a few months before the New York Draft Riots).
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. The action is strong. The bore is dark and dusty from time. The finish has matured to a pleasingly smooth dark gray patina. The left grip has been notched seven times—draw your own conclusions as to why those might be there. A rare occurrence to find a Colt 1860 Army that letters at all much less during the middle of the Civil War!
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Barrel is 8 inches.
Caliber: .44 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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