Military (the North; Union) became the largest purchaser of the 1860. They acquired 127,156 of them over the course of the war. By the end of the war, Colt had produced 156,000. A total of 200,500 were manufactured from 1860-1873. The 1860 was a single action percussion revolver firing a .44 caliber round in a 6 shot cylinder having an 8 inch round barrel (the early models up to 50,00 had 7.5 inch barrels). The grips were a one piece walnut. The trigger guard was brass and the back strap was blued steel. There were two basic markings on the barrel: the early marking up to 50,000 was - ADDRESS SAML COLT HARTFORD CT. The later and standard barrel marking after SN 50,000 was - ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U. S. AMERICA. Standard on the left side of the frame was: COLTS/PATENT. Stamped on the left shoulder of the trigger guard strap was: .44 CAL. The cylinder scene was the Texas and Mexico battle. Before serial number 50,000, was the use of the 4 screw type to accommodate the shoulder stock yoke. After 50,000, was the use of the 3 screw type. Inspector markings may be found on the grips and various metal parts. Variations of the 1860 include: Standard model (and most common); 2nd and 3rd Model Type for the shoulder stock; and the LONDON marked (the LONDON marked were made in the Hartford factory and featured the barrel marking: ADDRESS COL. COLT LONDON). My particular Colt Model 1860 Army The Colt Model 1860 Army was one of the first great American side arms. It was the successor to the 3rd Model Dragoon and a modification of the Colt Model 1851 Navy. It ranks third in the total number produced of the various models of the percussion Colt handguns. It is best known for its use during the American Civil War as the primary side arm used by the Union and Confederate troops. At the outset of the Civil War, the U. S. is the standard model in .44 caliber, 6 shot, with the 8 inch round barrel. According to the serial number, 97,463, it was manufactured in 1863 and was issued to the U. S. Military and saw action in the Civil War. It appears to be all original, with matching visible serial numbers. The action is smooth with correct indexing and the cylinder locks up tight when cocked. All the nipples are present and in good condition. The bore is good with decent rifling. The metal is good showing normal wear for its age. The gun has the correct visible markings on the barrel, cylinder and left side of frame. The cylinder scene is not completely visible due to age and use. The grips appear to be original with good walnut wood. It is an old gun and a real nice Colt 1860 Army Civil War revolver!
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