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Old August 15, 2012, 10:43 PM   #2
Fingers McGee
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The serial number is 250821. My understanding is that the 2nd generation 1860 Army serial numbers only went to 212835. They went to 212540

I also understand that the 3rd generation colts were "Signature Series" carrying the signature of Sam Colt engraved on the backstrap. This pistol does not have that engraving. Then it probably isn't a Sig Series

So, is this a second generation gun (perhaps the run went past 212835)? Or is it a third generation that did not get the signature engraving? Or is it something else? Sounds like it is probably something else.
1st, 2nd, and Sig Series 1860s had the complete serial number on the barrel, frame, triggerguard, arbor, and wedge and inscribed in pencil or pen in the backstrap channel of the grips. The last four digits of the serial number were on the cylinder and backstrap. If the serial number isn't found in these locations, it's probably a defarbed Italian replica.
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