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Old September 12, 2019, 07:28 PM   #10
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As was shown on the Colt Forum, Colt directly stamped the serial number on the butt.
There was no "plate" or any covering.
Someone just ground off the serial number on your revolver.
It's at least "possible" a police technician might be able to raise the serial number, but how you'd get that done I don't know.

Also, it's not unusual to see older Colt's on which the barrel has been replaced with an earlier or later barrel, and sometimes from a totally different model, since the barrel threads were the same on most Colt revolvers.
This means the 1895 date might be wrong.

Assuming this is a correct barrel, that means it could be a Model 1895, 1896, 1901, or 1903.
Serial numbers started in 1895 at 15100, and ended in 1907 around 291000.
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