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19th Century Richards Conversion Colt Model 1860 Army 44 Cal.Percussion Revolver, To Colt 44 CF.

Stock Number: 20170802

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Offered for sale is an Antique US Colt Richards Conversion, from the Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver. This example has a serial number of 189994, which places it in the range of167000- 200614, of what were original 1860 Army, 44 calibre percussion revolvers, and then converted to 44 Colt Centre Fire, metallic cartridge. When converted it then had a Nickel Silver finish, which is now thinning and flaking. Widely used by Gunfighters in the American West. Manufactured 1873-1878.

Period

C1873-1878

Dimensions

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Geographical area

North America

Category: Firearms

Description

Offered for sale is an Antique US Colt Richards Conversion, from the Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver. This example has a serial number of 189994, which places it in the range of167000- 200614, of what were original 1860 Army, 44 calibre percussion revolvers, and then converted to 44 Colt Centre Fire, metallic cartridge. It has an 8 inch round barrel, with a clear New York address. The rifle bore is in excellent condition. The rebated 6 shot cylinder has some original naval scene, and this example has a serial number ending ..9994, matching to the original Model 1860 Percussion numbers. However the frame, brass trigger guard, and the lower grip strap. are numbered 199294, which was often the case when conversion took place. There is a hinged loading gate to the RHS of the cylinder, and a spring loaded ejector rod in it’s housing, mounted to the RHS of the barrel. The trigger guard and lower tang are in brass. The backstrap, and lower strap, are in steel. Action to all 6 chambers is strong, with accurate indexation. All metal parts are intact, and this particular example had a Nickel finish after conversion, which is evident on the barrel and LHS frame, where it is now thinning and flaking. As the original cylinder is manufactured by a different process, all the Nickel here has now worn away
. The original one piece walnut stock is in vg condition. The Richards conversion was a very popular, early metallic cartridge revolver, and used by Western Gun Fighters. Manufacture 1873-1878, and total number made ..9000.

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GB Millais Antiques

I have dealt in Antique Arms and Armour for about 35 years, and my interest began as a school boy during the 2nd WW.
After leaving my home town of Leicester, I went to University, and qualified as a Dental Surgeon at Guys Hospital in 1961 .
My main interests are British and North American Arms of the 18th, 19th,and early 20th Century, plus a few Continental items.
It was 13 years ago that I retired from Dentistry. However, I have continued running my Antiques business, initially while still in practice, and now make most of my sales online, but still exhibit at a number of specialized Antique Arms and Militaria Fairs eg .. Bisley, Bristol, and also at the IACF Fairs, at Ardingly, Sussex.
I also deal in Period Scientific Instruments, mainly of a military association, and have a full listing on www.fleaglass.com.

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