Need help with an old Colt revolver


June 21, 2011, 11:47 AM
41 cal 6" barrel and it reads DA on the barrel. Has hard rugger grips with Colt logo and about 50% bluing left. Looking for what it is worth and age of it.

Dale @ Landry's Guns

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Jim Watson
June 21, 2011, 01:21 PM
Based on the information provided, sometime between 1889 and 1923, somewhere from $150 to $500.

Old Fuff
June 21, 2011, 06:51 PM
Jim is right. Given the ammout of information you posted it could be one of several models. In a perfect world you would have posted a clear photograph, but sometimes for various reasons, that isn't possible. The alternative is a much more clear description.

Is this revolver one that is loaded through a gate on the right side of the frame, of is it a hand ejector where you swing the cylinder out to the left?

What, and where is the serial number? It may be stamped on the bottom of the butt, or located on the frame behind the crane. The "crane" is the hinge part that holds the cylinder when you swing it out to the left (If indeed you do.) To see the number you will have to open the cylinder and look at the frame. Once you locate the number, post what it is, but use xx for the last two numbers.

Does the cylinder rotate cockwise or counter-clockwise, while looking from the back as you cock the hammer?

This may not be enough, but it will get us started.

June 22, 2011, 11:51 AM
Photograph from seller is not that clear, but I expect to see it in person in about a week or so. Here's what I have, Hand ejector that swings out to the left. Serial number is 2245XX. Don't know where S/N is located, taking word of seller that it is correct. I suspect it rotates counter clockwise based on the photo of the cylinder. Picture added.


Jim Watson
June 22, 2011, 12:57 PM
Looks like a New Army commercial ca 1903. Book value $250.
A well used left-wheeler in the odder of the model's calibers.
What do you think it is FOR?

June 22, 2011, 02:02 PM
Sorry don't understand your question. What do you mean what do I think it is for?

Jim Watson
June 22, 2011, 02:16 PM
Well, I would want a sturdier gun than an old Colt left-wheeler and in a more common caliber to shoot, and I would want a 1903 made gun in nicer condition to collect.

But then you may be getting it cheap to resell, which is oK.

June 22, 2011, 02:29 PM
More sentimental value. My father-in-law had one of these that was passed down from his father. He died about 6 or 7 years ago and his sister snatched up all his weapons. When she returned them, she kept the old Colt which was their father's. Father-in-law would be about 81 if he had lived, so I suspect his handgun was made near the turn of the century since it was his father's. He wanted my kids to have it, his only grandsons, but that did not come to be. I have his 41 cal ammo and no gun, and thought it would be interesting for his grandchildren to have something identical that he cared for. Not the same weapon, but the same model in the same condition. My oldest son is 13 so it will be a while before he fires something like this. He's good with his 22 and my youngest prefers the 22 handguns more than his brother. I just started moving them up to a 30 cal carbine and as a collector and a class 3 dealer, they will have a lot of weapons to experience before they get to legal age.


Jim K
June 22, 2011, 06:41 PM
What Jim means is that those guns have a pretty delicate mechanism and breakages are quite common, to the point where it is unusual to find one that is fully functional. Further, parts are scarce and most gunsmiths won't even touch them. While they are collectible and in your case there is the sentimental value, they are not a good choice for recreational shooting or personal defense.

The ammunition, though now available again thanks to the Cowboy Shooting folks, is still costly and a bit hard to get.


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