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RARE BUY-BACK COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 16293. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-5/16″ slightly amputated bbl with damaged and altered front sight with 1-line script letter address with serifs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and “U.S.”. Mounted with replacement, battered, 1-pc walnut grip with a number “1982” in the backstrap channel. Last 4 digits of matching SN are found on bottom of bbl under ejector housing and on cyl. Ejector housing is 1st type with bullseye ejector rod head and the base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Hammer spring is a replacement with roller groove. Bbl, trigger guard, backstrap and cyl all have tiny “L” (Samuel B. Lewis) sub-inspector initials. Pg. 39 of Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers..A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, lists several nickel plated cavalry revolvers in the 15,000 to 19,000 serial range with this revolver falling between #16129 and #16352, both of which are Lewis inspected. It is well documented that there were large numbers of brand new cavalry Single Actions resold to Colt which were then nickel plated and sold on the civilian market. This is especially true and well documented that the State of Virginia Militia who received the majority of the Lewis inspected Single Actions sold them to the H. Boker firm in unissued condition. They also resold some of these unissued revolvers back to Colt. Accompanied by a 2 page letter from renowned Colt authority and author John Kopec wherein he covers some of the above information. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching except grip, as noted; overall retains 88-90% strong factory nickel with 2 spots of heavy blood-type pitting on the bbl and front sight with a few other scattered losses; cyl is mostly a gray patina with fine pitting on outer diameter with strong nickel in flutes; ejector housing and ejector rod head also have small spots of heavy pitting; grip has chipped toes and is badly battered with a hand worn patina; hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-44711 JR271 (3,000-5,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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