single action army colt.38


October 17, 2011, 01:06 PM
I do have a COLT.38 single action army with the inscription EBS 2227
EBS abbreviation stands fro Greek Royal Army in Greek.Could someone give me an idea on the model year for this gun?

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October 17, 2011, 01:17 PM
If it is in fact a Colt Single-Action Army, it is an 1873 Model.

Can't even guess what year it was made without the serial number.
And good photo's wouldn't hurt either.


October 18, 2011, 12:42 AM
I have a reference that suggests the 1894 Colt Army revolver was issued in Greece in 38 cal... and that in 1914-15 the Greek army bout 25,000 Army specials from Colt. ()These were .38 S&W or .38 Long Colt.

I'm still looking for a a single action army reference.

October 18, 2011, 03:02 AM
Following your remarks I spent the night cleaning the gun so I get the serial number:
It is written in 3 separate lines as follows:
On the barrel side it reads:
On the barrel's top it reads:
PATD. AUG 5 1884 JUNE 5 1900 JULY4 1905

Hope that will help the identification

October 18, 2011, 11:14 AM
That's a double action Army Special, not a Single Action Army.

October 18, 2011, 02:48 PM
My mistake,sorry .
What is the year then;can it be identified by the provided data?
What ammo can be used ?

Jim Watson
October 18, 2011, 03:19 PM
As Dr Rob says, this is from the contract of 1914.
A prior thread mentioning that the Greek army was the only military to ever buy the Army Special, after which Colt renamed the revolver the Official Police.

Caliber is probably .38 Special.
Look in the chambers and see if you see the step down from cartridge case diameter to bullet diameter. That would indicate .38 Special manufacture.

If the chambers are bored straight through that would be for .38 Long Colt, but 1914 is late for them to still be making .38 Long Colt revolvers.

October 18, 2011, 03:20 PM
If it says COLT ARMY SPECIAL .38 on the barrel it is a .38 Special.

Use standard pressure lead bullet .38 Special loads.

No +P ammo, & no jacketed bullets, as those old guns are --- ahhh? Old!


October 18, 2011, 07:08 PM
That MIGHT be a 38 S&W. Not a .38 Special.

If you have a gun shop of any kind (not sure how that works in Greece) nearby they can check both kinds of ammo for you.

Both kinds of ammo are still made, though 38S&W is fairly rare to find in the USA.

October 19, 2011, 06:22 AM
The chambers have indeed a step down from the cartridge case diameter to bullet diameter.
The revolver reads .38 special so ,I know by now what ammo I can use.
Thank you all for the valuable info .

Jim K
October 21, 2011, 05:21 PM
The Colt Army Special was made in .32-20 and .38 Special. It was never made in .38 S&W or .38 Colt New Police.


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