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Old January 22, 2012, 07:31 AM   #1
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Hi, Can anyone help I've a Colt Army 1862 which has wear at the end of the barrel left side, I read somewhere that this was a typical type of wear for a civil war calavry gun,is this true and why would it have wear at that part of the gun?

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Old January 22, 2012, 07:48 AM   #2
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Wear from a lot of holstering.
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Old January 22, 2012, 07:50 AM   #3
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First of all, Welcome to the forum...

....You came to the right place.

The wear on the muzzle is from the holster. It is not confined to pistols from the Civil War era, so don't let a vendor tell you it is original based only on the fact that it has holster wear.
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Old January 22, 2012, 07:52 AM   #4
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And that's not wear from a military style holster. If it was it would be on the right side. That's wear from a right hand strong side holster.
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Old January 22, 2012, 06:38 PM   #5
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Old January 23, 2012, 03:39 AM   #6
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1862 colt army

Thanks everyone for your replies, does it affect the value of the gun?

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Old January 23, 2012, 03:44 AM   #7
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1862 colt army

Also sorry my mistake,the wear is on the right side of the barrel,so it could be from a civil war type holster? I find it hard to believe a leather holster could cause such wear on a steel barrel!

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Old January 23, 2012, 06:06 AM   #8
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Well.

After enough time, your hand will cause that kind of wear.
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Old January 23, 2012, 11:11 AM   #9
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Hi bedbugbilly, It's an 1860 Army (manufactured in 1862) you're right.

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I find it hard to believe a leather holster could cause such wear on a steel barrel!
It would take years of constant use. My uncle had a .38 Colt that had the barrel worn down almost to the sight on the left side.
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