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Old February 10, 2021, 12:32 PM   #3
Ricklin
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I have one of a little later vintage.

Note the lack of any means to lock the cylinder in place. That was all done with the hand holding the rear of the cylinder in battery.

Mine is a new army and suffers the same flaw, IE no cylinder locking bolt. Thrifty old Colt made them both ways for several years. Mine has the frame cutout for a cylinder locking bolt, yet no bolt cuts in the cylinder, and no bolt either.
The issue is the cylinder can rotate out of battery when holstered or otherwise rotate.
The flaw was corrected primarily due to military trails that pointed out that flaw in the design.
I find it interesting that Colt continued to manufacture the revolver "both ways" perhaps the previous model was sold at a bargain price?
Mine shipped to Chicago in 1898 and sold by Montgomery wards.
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