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*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH LONG FLUTE CYLINDER. SN 330540. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with cal marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt. Mounted with fine, smooth 2-pc pearl grips with silver Colt medallions. Cyl is long flute style which were only manufactured in the serial range 330001 through 331379, using left over Model 1878 DA cylinders. Colt, being the frugal company they were, rarely, if ever, discarded anything that might ultimately be useful. Production of the Model 1878 ceased in about 1905 with these cylinders left over. Colt recycled them by simply cutting stop notches and approaches on the outside diameter and installed them in Single Action Revolvers in 6 different calibers. Accompanied by a copy of a letter dated January 19, 1966 from famous collector and author Robert Q. Sutherland to author and historian R.L. Wilson asking Mr. Wilson to obtain a factory letter on this revolver. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 45 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stock not listed and shipped to Van Camp Hdwe. & Iron Co Indianapolis, Indiana on December 31, 1913 in a 1-gun shipment. An additional factory letter to Mr. Sutherland dated the following day advises him that the sender had neglected to report that this revolver was shipped with long flute cylinder. Also accompanied by a 2-pg Robert Q. Sutherland “arms collection” form, item 131, which identifies and classifies this revolver. Additionally accompanied by a business card from renowned collector/dealer Arnold Marcus Chernoff with a note on the back “sold to Tom Haas an original 7-1/2″ barrel long fluted Colt S.A., #330540 for $365.00 letter of authenticity to follow” with Mr. Chernoff’s initials “A.C.” Mr. Sutherland’s collection note states that there were 1,379 long flute revolvers manufactured by Colt. Mr. Sutherland mistakenly listed this revolver as being manufactured in 1915 when in fact it was shipped in 1913. He also shows that he purchased this revolver from Tom Haas in January 1968 for $400. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except cyl and grips which are unnumbered. Bbl retains 95-95% glossy orig factory blue with very light muzzle edge wear and light “feathers” on each side of front sight; ejector housing and ejector rod head retain about 99% orig blue; frame retains 30-40% faded case colors, stronger in sheltered areas; hammer retains 75-80% strong case colors turned silver in top edge; trigger guard and backstrap retain strong blue in sheltered areas, being a blue gray patina on the front and back straps; cyl retains 88-90% orig blue, thinning on outer diameter, strong and bright in flutes; grips are sound, retaining great color and fire; hammer is not solid in half-cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore. 4-44722 JR262 (4,000-7,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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