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Old April 20, 2010, 03:26 PM   #1
Grady
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Identification help please

I need some help from you experts on what I have. My deceased Brother bought several of the Colt re-issue revolvers back in the 1970's-1980's (?) don't remember the exact date. Anyway, he left two to me, and while I know quite a bit about guns, I am at a loss as to the true identity of these two, and I want to identify them properly for my Grandchildren (they are now in glass top cases).

Gun #1 is a Navy-Army (?) I am guessing to be .44 caliber, serial #47XXX, no marks on the steel backstrap, round barrel, conventional blue and case hardening colors, scene on cylinder appears to depict a Naval scene, barrel marked -ADDRESS COL. SAM- COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-' round brass trigger guard. This gun came in a maroon cardboard (?) box, well built with two brass snaps, round brass trigger guard. The interior was foam rubber cut out to fit the gun. At one time there was some Colt literature in the box.

Gun #2 is a Walker-Dragoon (?) I am guess to be .44 caliber, serial #49XXX, no marks on the steel backstrap, half round, half octagonal barrel, conventional blue and case hardening colors, scene on cylinder appears to depict men on horseback fighting Indians, barrel marked ADDRESS SAML (small L) COLT NEW-YORK CITY, square back brass trigger guard. It is marked US 1847 above the wedge screw. The grips are the ubiquitous Walker, with the rounded front. This gun came in a black cardboard (?) box, well built with two brass snaps, square back brass trigger guard. The interior was foam rubber cut out to fit the gun. At one time there was some Colt literature in the box.

I am familiar with and aware of the many reproduction firearms that abound today, and have owned a few myself. These two guns, from my own personal knowledge at the time, were represented as genuine Colt replicas, by a very reputable Arms Dealer. At this time, the hoopla that was associated with these guns was that Colt would number the new guns beginning with the final numbers of the first generation guns.

The foam rubber has rotted away in both boxes, I was quite surprised. There are no "Colt" or other markings on either box. Unfortunately, in storage before I got them, both boxes were pretty well crushed, but I have been fortunate to find wooden presentation boxes for both.

Neither gun has ever been cocked, and appear "as new" with the exception of the boxes and missing literature. My examination of serial numbers in these second and third generation Colts only confuse the more. I hope that one of you that read this will have a definitive listing of serial numbers or more knowledge that will put this to rest, and I do thank you.
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