February 4, 2011, 08:45 PM
i have this old colt revolver of my grandfather. i don't know much about it and can't read much off of it because of the condition of the gun. it has D A 41 on the barrel and the serial number seems to be 93186
any help will be appreciated
i will try to post a pic of a near identical gun
see address below for pic
February 4, 2011, 09:02 PM
Looks like a newer model than the 1877, possibly an 1892.
February 4, 2011, 09:05 PM
Well if it's a Colt Double Action and it's chambered for .41 Colt, it could be a Model 1877 Thunderer. Based on the serial number you've given, it would have been built in 1893. I don't think it could be the Model 1878 Frontier as that line's serial numbers ended at around 51000. Same thing with the Model 1889 Navy with the serial numbers ending at 31000. It could be a Model 1892 revolver; if so the serial number would place it being built somewhere around 1898. Any more information such as any other markings on the gun would help with it's identification.
February 4, 2011, 09:26 PM
it doesn't look much like that one. see the address that i added to my post.
February 5, 2011, 01:28 AM
That address is incomplete, please try again.
February 5, 2011, 02:17 AM
Is this the picture you're speaking of?
February 5, 2011, 09:26 AM
Correct. That gun is just like it, except in much better condition.
February 5, 2011, 05:13 PM
Yours was made between 1898-1899 based on R.L. Wilson's little blue book.
February 5, 2011, 06:39 PM
So would it be known simply as a 1898-1899 Colt DA 41, or is it a special model?
The magazine-release mechanism(not sure of the technical term) has a 98 on it.
February 5, 2011, 09:19 PM
This is the Colt New Army & Navy Model.
In 1889 Colt invented the world's first double action, swing-out cylinder revolver.
This was the Colt New Navy Model 1889.
In 1892 the US Army bought it too, and the name was changed to the Colt New Army & Navy.
Colt put the design through a rapid series of improvements, and each version got a new Model year.
These were the Models 1889, 1892, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1901, and 1903.
Production ended in 1907.
Colt made these as both US military issue and as commercial models.
The military models will be marked on the butt with US Army or US Navy stamps.
The commercial models will have only the serial number on the butt.
The military versions had smooth walnut grips, blued finish, 6" barrels, and were chambered in .38 Colt Long.
It was this revolver and cartridge that failed in the Moro uprising in the Philippines and led to the adoption of the 1911 .45 automatic.
The commercial models were chambered in .38 Colt Short and Colt Long, .41 Colt Short and Long, late in production a few in in 32-20 and a few very late in .38 Special.
Commercial barrels were 3", 4 1/2", and 6", in bright blue or nickel finish.
Commercial grips were made of hard black rubber with molded in checkering and Colt logos.
On all models, the serial number is on the butt, usually in two lines.
Other parts will have two or three digit stamps. These are factory assembly numbers used to keep fitted parts together during manufacture until an official serial number was assigned and stamped. These numbers have no meaning once the serial number was stamped.
Your gun, #93186 was made in 1898. The numbers that year started at 91200. 1899 started at 115000.
Technically, your revolver would be a Colt New Army & Navy Model 1896, commercial model.
February 6, 2011, 09:32 AM
Thank you very much! Is there any way that I could find and print off a manual for this gun online?
February 14, 2011, 04:10 PM
Is there any way that I could find and print off a manual for this gun online?