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Price : $2,500.00
Location : Austin ?
Ad Start : August 28, 2017
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Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver - IN AMAZING SHAPE
Will consider partial trades!
If you are looking for a jewel to go in the crown of your gun collection this may be it. I am selling my beautiful antique Colt, made in 1861 in Hartford, Connecticut. The Model 1860 was the single most used pistol of the American Civil War and was the successor type to the larger Colt Third Model Dragoon horse pistol. Over 200,000 were made from 1860 to 1873, and 156,000 were made by the end of the war in 1865. The government-issued Colt Army 44 was the major sidearm in use by US troops during the Civil War, especially cavalry and artillery officers.

This particular handgun is a tight .44 caliber, four-screw model with a 6-shot rebated cylinder and an 8” round barrel. Barrel address of “ADDRESS SAM L COLT HARTFORD CT.” is strong. Excellent, one-piece black walnut grips are varnished and exhibit normal hand wear from use. Inspector’s cartouches are visible on either side. It’s rather low number indicates it was made before 1863.

The gun has all matching serial numbers on the frame, cylinder, barrel, wedge, trigger guard, backstrap and spline. Cylinder exhibits the roll engraved scene of the naval engagement between the Republic of Texas Navy and Mexico.

Mechanics very strong and crisp. Sidearm has strong half cock and full cock positions with tight indexing. Equipped with a four-screw frame made to fit a shoulder stock and has the recoil shield cutouts on the frame and has the small notch in the iron buttplate.

Holster is not matched and was found later. it is of expected wear for a piece of leather almost 150 years old, but in good shape.

Case was custom made by a well - known LA Artist. Gun was previously owned by Ryan Cassidy, collector and brother of Shaun and David Cassidy. Colt can and does provide certificates of validation for such guns. (I simply never got around to it...)

Colts in this shape are rare. I have searched the net and auctions etc. and most that are out there are of lesser quality in some form or another, be it the level of pitting, rust (there is none), or over all wear, yet many at auction etc. are based at very high prices and/or selling for more.

I am willing to consider partial trades - if soon...

I am able to meet serious buyers anywhere in the Central Texas area. As I mentioned - partial trades considered.

Please call or text me at 818-284-1535 (MY OLD LA NUMBER - I LIVE IN AUSTIN NOW)


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, but 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 cylinder roll engraving on the 1860 Army features a scene from the Battle of Campeche executed by American engraver Waterman Ormsby. The engraving pays homage to Texas in their fight with the Mexican government for independence. During this particular battle, the Mexican Navy wielded two ironclad steamers, while the Texans were armed with a variety of wooden ships, led by Commodore Edwin Moore. The scene also appears on the cylinders of the Colt 1851 and 1861 Navy Revolvers. Engraving is light and faded but cylinder still bears the patent date stamping “ENGAGED 16 MAY 1843” on the periphery and “SEPT 10 TH , 1850” below the serial number.



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