The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The North Corral > Black Powder and Cowboy Action Shooting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old November 10, 2004, 05:21 AM   #1
sloanchey
Junior Member
 
Join Date: November 10, 2004
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1
colt authentication

I have a gun that looks to be a 38 cal. colt pre-1900s, but I am clueless when it comes to authenticating guns - I am going to be stereotypical female here and say that guns aren't really my thing. No comments on the female/gun issue, please, I'm also non polital! Ok, so it has a number starting with 3XXX under the barrel (is this the long part that the bullet exits?), has the colt mfg label on the top of the barrel with two cross like marks, has something unreadable and then Cal (caliber I assume) under the spinning bullet holder thingy. Sorry to be so technical. The handle is wood. The trigger (that one I know) is almost flat - doesn't jut out at all, but does fire, and it has a hammer that does cock. I can't get the round part to do anything like spin or release, but there is a button that pushes in and may need repair. Can anyone help? I have photos if you email me at sloanchey@sbcglobal.net. If this is real, what would it be worth? Thanks... all apologies for my ignorance.
sloanchey is offline  
Old November 10, 2004, 07:13 AM   #2
maddoccanis
Junior Member
 
Join Date: November 5, 2004
Location: hooterville,tx
Posts: 6
colt records

contact the colt company. they have records of every firearm they ever made if you have the serial number. take the gun to a gunsmith. there are books that give values, but you need to know how to asses the condition correctly. old colts can be pretty valuable....doc
__________________
Mad Doc's Guns Page mail The mad Doctor "Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result," Churchill
maddoccanis is offline  
Old December 24, 2004, 10:57 AM   #3
gunrunner
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 2, 1999
Posts: 236
jsut curious did you get your gun looked at or do still need some help. sounds like a very early colt by the numbers but if you post some pics that will help.

Merry Christmas
gunrunner is offline  
Old December 24, 2004, 11:53 PM   #4
4V50 Gary
Staff
 
Join Date: November 2, 1998
Location: Colorado
Posts: 16,919
Your description of the gun is refreshing. "Spinning bullet holder thingy" so aptly describes the cylinder.

Are the markings something like + COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. CO +
HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.

Is the tube that the bullet goes through shorter than 3"?

Is the cylindrical bullet holder capable of holding seven bullets that are less the 1/4" in diameter?

Bronze frame?

If yes to all of the above, you have a Colt Pocket .22 Revolver.

Now, if the cylindrical bullet holder thingy has only four holes and those holes are greater that 1/4" in diameter, you have the Colt's House Pistol.

Posting a pic would help. BTW, once you post those pics, I can give you more info. However, I can't tell you how much $$$ it's worth. I don't own a "Bluebook" on gun values.
__________________
Vigilantibus et non dormientibus jura subveniunt. Molon Labe!
4V50 Gary is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.06174 seconds with 9 queries