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RARE COLT RIMFIRE SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 1144. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Rare rimfire single action, nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bore is conventionally rifled with left hand twist. Cyl has short 44 RF chambers. Left side of frame has 2-line patent date with “44 CAL” on left shoulder of trigger guard. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has SN in backstrap channel. Ejector housing is 3rd type with bullseye ejector rod head and base pin is 1st type with dimpled ends. Frame is orig rimfire configuration and hammer nose has the rimfire firing pin secured with two rivets. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” forward of base pin and SN has been re-stamped over another number that was mostly removed. All other serial numbers appear to be original. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 1,800 of these rare revolvers produced during the period of 1875-1880. These revolvers never gained strong acceptance on the American market because by the time they were produced centerfire cartridges were available in both revolvers and rifles which were far superior to the rimfire cartridges and could easily be reloaded. Colt sold the majority the 44 rimfire single actions to the Mexican and South & Central American markets. Those revolvers usually saw continued hard service, usually with little or no maintenance and largely had their bbls cut. It is rare today to find any rimfire single action in orig configuration with orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. All matching, including bbl, cyl and grip; bbl has been renumbered; overall retains about all of a fine custom nickel finish with some minor pitting on the left upper front of frame under the nickel; bbl is not screwed tight into the frame; hammer retains about 80% strong case colors; hammer spring is orig type without roller groove; grip is sound, showing moderate wear and retains about 75% orig varnish; mechanics are crisp; strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-44698 JR268 (5,000-10,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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