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EXTREMELY RARE BUNTLINE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH SHOULDER STOCK. SN 28808. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). All blue finish with 10″ bbl, dovetailed combination front sight and 1-line block letter address. Top strap is milled for and has installed a Buntline leaf rear sight and has a gas escape hole in forward end. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and left forward web of trigger guard is marked “44 CF”. Frame is 3-screw type with extended hammer screw for the nickel plated brass skeleton shoulder stock which accompanies this revolver. Mounted with a replacement 1-pc walnut grip. Bottom of bbl is stamped with a tiny “44” forward of base pin. Base pin is a replacement without dimpled ends. This revolver was sold by another auction house several years ago and that auction description stated that this revolver was in the Buddy Hackett Collection and was restored for Mr. Hackett by Tom Haas, Sr. about 40 years ago. It was also stated that this revolver had been in the Hunter Von Leer Collection. They also reported that it had been speculated that Wyatt Earp was carrying a 10″ single action when he refereed a fight in Goldfield, Nevada around the turn of the 20th century. According to A Study of The Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore, p. 25 lists this revolver by SN as being an orig Buntline. The same page also states “The ledgers show three ten inch ‘Buntlines'”. Page 28 of the referenced publication states “Of Colts’ recorded total, and collector accepted original Buntline production, nineteen were chambered for .45 Colt ammunition and three for the .44-40 cartridge”. Pages 284 & 285 of Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia Volume 2, Cochran, lists this revolver as a Buntline Model, mistakenly in caliber 45, and has five photographs of this revolver. This is truly an authentic and one of only three of its type every manufactured. This revolver is consecutively numbered to another Buntline Special being sold elsewhere in this auction. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about all of its beautiful custom finish with glossy bright blue and brilliant case colors; grip is sound with a few minor nicks in the finish and retains virtually all of its custom varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore. Stock is extremely fine retaining most of its orig nickel with some minor spotting. 4-44690 JR196 (25,000-40,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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