inv# 01-18954

Cal. 45 Colt. S# 6223. Bbl. 7 1/2″.

6 Shot fluted cyl. 1 Piece walnut grip w/ partially visible cartouche. Research done by Colt Historian, John Kopec, shows “the subject revolver originated from within LOT SIX”. Revolvers issued to the Seventh Cavalry just before their departure to the Black Hills were drawn from Lot Six. Revolver No. 6269 was found at the site of Sitting Bull’s Camp in Saskatchewan. Kopec also notes “this serial number falls between 6198 & 6241 of which were issued to Company F, 2nd Cavalry as of Oct. 12, 1878”. There exists the possibility this revolver could have been issued to the 2nd or 7th Cavalry. Kopec goes on to explain that since the revolver is in it’s original configuration & missed the recall of 1893 “would strongly suggest it had escaped this recall being lost, stolen (deserter) or captured by the hostile indians prior to this recall.”

Bbl., frame, hammer & ejector have added nickel plating. Right rear side of trigger guard bow stamped w/ Colt’s six pointed star indicating factory rework. Kopec states “this revolver must certainly have a great story if we could know the details of its survival … If it had belonged to a Texas Ranger as pointed out in the note we received, then it may have been this ranger who returned this Colt to the Colt factory to be partially nickel plated.”. Kopec further notes that replacement parts including the hammer, base pin, trigger & base pin screw are of the style used during the 1920’s & early 1930’s.

Frame, grip straps & bbl. have matching serial numbers. Trigger guard is stamped w/ initial “A” confirming inspection by ordnance sub inspector O.W. Ainsworth. Left side of frame marked “U.S.”. Kopec also notes “All markings remain in perfect condition. There is no indication of purposeful fakery and although the nickel plating is not original, it does certainly add to the mystique of this interesting revolver”. 

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