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A Rare Richards Conversion, Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver, in .44 Colt CF Metallic Cartridge Obsolete Calibre.

Stock Number: 20191026


Offered for sale is an Antique US Colt Richards Conversion, from the Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver, in .44 Colt CF Obsolete calibre, metallic cartridge with a serial number of 190769, all matching numbers. A rare example of one of the early, true gunfighters revolvers in the early days of the Wild West. C1873




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North America

Category: Firearms


Offered for sale is an Antique US Colt Richards Conversion, from the Model 1860 Army Revolver, in 44 Percussion, to .44 Colt CF Metallic, now Obsolete calibre. This example has a serial number of 190768, which places it in the range of 167000- 200614. It has an 8 inch round barrel, with a clear New York address. The rifled bore is good. This example is believed to be a factory conversion. The rebated 6 shot cylinder has faint traces of naval scene, and has a serial number ending ..0768, matching to the original Model 1860 Percussion numbers. 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 is 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. This example has ALL matching numbers, and traces of retained blue. Total production was 9000, which was between 1873-78, and this example was probably made very early prior to the later Richard Mason conversions. These were the first successful Colt cartridge revolvers, after the expiry of the Rollin White patent in 1871. These were true “Gunfighters revolvers” in the early days of the Wild West, and proved to be a much more practical conversion than the Thuer. They are far RARER than the SAA Peacemakers that arrived in 1873, which numbered over 150K
The original one piece walnut stock is intact, and to a patina of age.

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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 14 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

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