US COLT Model 1878/1902 PHILIPPINE CONSTABULARY Double Action C&R Revolver
Philippine-American War MORO FIGHTERS Inspired Revolver!
Here we present a C&R Colt Model 1878/1902 Philippine Constabulary Double Action Revolver, made circa 1900 in Hartford, Connecticut. This Colt is one of approximately 4600 revolvers purchased for issue to the Philippine Constabulary. It is a modified version of the Colt 1878 Double Action Army or Frontier model pistol. The US Army had tested the Model 1878 in 1879 and rejected it largely because of problems with light primer strikes. Many years later, experience in the Philippines would lead the government to seek .45 caliber revolvers for issue to the Philippine Constabulary. Colt jumped this opportunity by fitting a stronger hammer spring to the 1878 revolver and lengthening the trigger to give the shooter more leverage on the correspondingly heavier trigger. The trigger guard was also enlarged, as necessary to fit the lengthened trigger. And, the changes worked. The government purchased 4600 of the guns for use in the Philippines in 1902. While many assume that the .45 revolver acquired in response to the Moro fighters’ fighting spirit was the 1873 Single Action Army, it was actually the 1878/1902! The revolver has “JTT” and RAC” inspection markings for Ordnance Inspectors Captain John T. Thompson and Rinaldo A Carr. Rinaldo A. Carr was a civilian employee of the War Department and was the sub-inspector on the revolvers.
The overall condition is very good. Original blue finish and patina. Strong action in double and single action. Good bore with strong rifling. Both grips are firm with an expected amount of wear and a light chip on the right side. A neat example of the very limited number of this Colt military revolver!
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 6 inches.
Caliber: .45 Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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