New centaure purchase


cheatin charlie
May 8, 2012, 08:17 PM
I just purchased a new in the box Centaure 1860 pistol #3408. I do not know
what a new in the box Centaure is worth but I know what I paid for it.
I wasn't looking for this pistol but when you find something unusual that
you have never seen before you have to buy it. I had known of Centaure
pistols but never seen any for sale in the box. How many can be left that
are unfired? I think it makes a nice addition to my collection.

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May 8, 2012, 08:31 PM
The case coloring sure does look vibrant and really great. :)
They're more common to see for sale in Europe, especially new one's in the box.
If you have the chance, there's a survey form to fill out on the Belgian Colt website:

May 8, 2012, 08:35 PM

May 8, 2012, 11:23 PM
Wow, that's an amazing find! Congrats. I bought a very used one two years ago and it's been a lot of fun to restore it to function. They're really a special gun.

May 9, 2012, 12:22 AM
Nice! I love that color case hardening!

May 9, 2012, 07:26 AM
Great Find Charlie! Despite having cut-outs for a shoulder stock it seems to be a three screw frame. Is that unusual?

May 9, 2012, 07:46 AM

May 9, 2012, 06:07 PM
I like the Belgian Centare's better than the 2 Gen Colts.

May 9, 2012, 07:16 PM
Did they make any other models than the 1860 Army? Seems all I have seen mentioned is the Army.

cheatin charlie
May 9, 2012, 09:51 PM
As far as I can tell just a short barreled 1860 with no loading lever and
a harpers ferry flintlock pistol. I believe that is all that was made in
Belgium and sold by Centennial arms.

May 9, 2012, 10:36 PM
I had a cased Centennial1860 set back in 1968. It was very nice, beautiful finish and fit. The silver plated trigger gaurd and back strap was very pretty.

Old Dragoon
December 26, 2012, 02:39 PM
I just acquired a Centaur(Centennial) 3rd Variation 1860 NMA Cavalry, Fluted cylinder. That website above is very good and complete as the models Centaur made, both US imports and Europe.
Better pictures when I get her home and cleaned up some but it was on GB this month, till I grabbed it. Can be seen on Gun Broker Item 322923682.

December 27, 2012, 08:24 AM
I have two and from what I've read they are made of better steel have different bore size [uses .451 balls] and very accurate.Quality is great but I understand it drops off on the later ones made in the 70's

Malachi Leviticus Blue
December 27, 2012, 08:47 AM
Very nice, I'd be proud of her. Unfortunately, don't have one like her.... yet.

Old Dragoon
December 27, 2012, 10:03 AM
Yes, better steel and better quality in the early ones, the 70's models have some issues. The one I have coming is a 1962 MFG. and a US only model. Hopefully it will be here next week.
IF you want to spend some time got to and read about these wonderful gun. A lot of the Myths surrounding htese guns are dispelled or confirmed. This will be the Second Centaur I have owned.

March 18, 2013, 03:55 PM
Charlie, I have one that's very closely related to yours... Serial #3405, in the box and used, not unfired.

Dragoon, I'm loving that pistol, yes the guide screws are too long but I'll probably just remove them for general shooting, maybe run a couple of metric set screws in to keep the gunk out..

March 18, 2013, 04:53 PM
I had an original Ist gen Colt many years ago around 1962 or so, that had the cut-outs but no 4th screws. Sam Colt never wasted parts.

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