All original Colt DA Army Special in caliber .38 Special, made 1914, serial number #3610xx. Last patent date: 1905. Lettering on barrel is worn but still visible: Colt address, model and caliber are all legible. "Army Special" shows more wear than the other lettering but it's there, as is the Colt pony logo. Gun locks up as tight as it should and is mechanically fine. No issues. These early Colt DA's are finding more favor with collectors in recent years and prices reflect this. In fact, Colt was the first to introduce the modern SWING-OUT CYLINDER design still used on wheel guns to this day. Their first was the Army-Navy Model of 1885 (which looked very similar to this gun). Lawmen in the Old West favored them because they were not as bulky as the Colt SA's and made for a better concealed carry large frame revolver which was also faster to reload than the old Peacemaker. Grips are worn but are in great condition with one small chip at rear of right grip only. Interesting that so many of these old Colt gutta percha grips show so much wear from handling. How much handling? A lot! I once tried to get a new pair of these grips to look worn. I used them a lot and even rubbed them every chance I got. I could never make them look worn! Thank Heaven that no ill-advised person tried to "pretty (it) up" this gun! The bluing has all gone to a nice even dark gray-brown patina. This gun was the tool of a serious "gun man" who used it for years. It was well cared for but it is still "wearing its history". No nonsense. Just an HONEST old gun. It has been "around." The stories it could tell! Legally, I can't actually "recommend" shooting it without a gunsmith's approval, but I have fired it myself. Bore has a small amount of minor pitting but is generally clean and bright. It's a fine shooter. No FFL required. This gun is classed as a curio/relic, so a C&R License will work just fine. Buyer pays $20. shipping and insurance in Lower 48. Values on these early Colt DA's have been going up. This is a good time to buy and collect them before the prices skyrocket. Email for more PICTURES. Item is as pictured and is accurately described, so sale is final. Thanks for looking. Rod C
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