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Old May 8, 2009, 06:01 PM   #1
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Can you help?

Hey guys my relative has an old colt revolver. I do know that it is from the late 1800s but i dont know what year can you id that from the pictures i post? I couldnt get a good picture of the engraving on the barrel because i took them with my cell phone. It is a colt frontier and has an ivory handle, the handle is a yellow color but looks brown in the picture. Thanks

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Old May 8, 2009, 07:28 PM   #2
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You need the serial number to ID the year made.

Check this web site for serial number ranges by year:

You can also call Colt during business hours and the they'll give you the date over the phone.
For more info, you have to buy a Colt Historical Letter which costs about $100.00.
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Old May 8, 2009, 07:32 PM   #3
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The gun has been poorly chrome plated, and I doubt the grips are ivory.
Even if the grips were ivory, they don't fit.
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Old May 8, 2009, 08:28 PM   #4
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Its authentic. My cousin has called colt and got a folder full of information.
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Old May 8, 2009, 09:55 PM   #5
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What kind of information? The only thing you normally get from Colt is a single sheet of paper saying where the gun was shipped and when, with a description of the gun as it left the factory.

I have no way of knowing the gun's history, but it has been treated very badly. It looks like it was rusted, then the rust ground/polished off and the gun plated, probably with chrome, not nickel. Unless someone can prove it has historical connections of some kind, it has relatively little value. If the grips really are ivory, they would probably be worth more than the rest of the gun.

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Old May 9, 2009, 01:34 AM   #6
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From the pictures?
It is most certainly post-1896.
Serial number would narrow it down to pretty much the year.
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Old May 9, 2009, 02:44 PM   #7
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Doug Turnbull could maybe make a nice gun out of it if you wanted to lay out the green he needs to get started.
Your gun is like your nose, it is just wrong for someone else to pick it for you!
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