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Can anyone tell me what I've got?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Henry Bowman, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman Senior Member

    I have a black powder revolver that was given to me by my father-in-law. It is NIB, never fired, but has been neglected for 20 -25 years. He bought 2 of them and gave one to a client who collected or was otherwise interested in them as a gift (20-25 years ago). It has sat in a plastic bag in the box and needs some cleaning up no matter what.

    I'm not into BP shooting and I doubt that I ever will be. I don't know if this has value to sell, or whether I should just hang on to it for another 20 years and see if I (or one of my kids) want to make a project out of restoring it.

    I know that it is a Samuel Colt design "Baby Dragoon" but I don't recognize the manufacturer of this reproduction. I know that it is a .31 cal., 5 shot cap and ball revolver with a 4" bbl. The butt of the grip is marked "Italy FIE" and has some other marking that I don't recognize.

    The people on this board are the best. Can anyone help me? Is it a keeper, junk, or what?


  2. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Italian repro that isn't desirable by collectors who prefer originals. What you have is a shooter.
  3. Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman Senior Member

    If I wanted to sell it for a price that a BP shooter would consider a "really good deal" but not quite an outright steal, what should I ask?
  4. JPM63US

    JPM63US Well-Known Member


    Being an open frame Colt design in brass, and that Midway is selling Uberti Remingtons in steel for $175, I think $50 is a good asking price.

    However - patience usually will get you more.

  5. RON in PA

    RON in PA Well-Known Member

    A new gun like that retails for approx. $100. If it had a steel frame it would be more valuable and better as a shooter.
  6. Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman Senior Member

    Thanks, guys. I know nothing about BP guns.

    I think I'll get some caps, bullets (I was going to say "balls"), powder and "how-to" guide and bury it for when everything else has been banned. :rolleyes:

    Currently it's kind of "sticky." Should I clean it up and slather it with cosmoline, or just leave it alone in a dry environment?
  7. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    $100 is a fair price. May be able to get $125 and max $150. The engraving looks "rough" enough to have been done by hand too.

    Ebay it and have a reserve of $125.
  8. Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman Senior Member

    The engraving is definately by hand, for what that's worth.
  9. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Bump up the price then as "hand engraving." Perhaps $175 but you may get only $125-$150.
  10. swampsniper

    swampsniper Well-Known Member


    If you shoot it, check and clean often. The bores have a tendency to lead up rapidly, to the point that pressure increases, and the frame stretches.

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