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New centaure purchase

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by cheatin charlie, May 8, 2012.

  1. cheatin charlie

    cheatin charlie Well-Known Member

    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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  2. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    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:

    Last edited: May 9, 2012
  3. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

  4. farmerted

    farmerted Member


    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.
  5. Busyhands94

    Busyhands94 Well-Known Member

    Nice! I love that color case hardening!
  6. Smokin'Joe

    Smokin'Joe Well-Known Member

    Great Find Charlie! Despite having cut-outs for a shoulder stock it seems to be a three screw frame. Is that unusual?
  7. mykeal

    mykeal Well-Known Member

  8. FiveStrings

    FiveStrings Well-Known Member

    I like the Belgian Centare's better than the 2 Gen Colts.
  9. Hellgate

    Hellgate Well-Known Member

    Did they make any other models than the 1860 Army? Seems all I have seen mentioned is the Army.
  10. cheatin charlie

    cheatin charlie Well-Known Member

    Other guns

    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.
  11. 72coupe

    72coupe Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. Old Dragoon

    Old Dragoon Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. wap41

    wap41 Well-Known Member

    1960 new model army

    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
  14. Malachi Leviticus Blue

    Malachi Leviticus Blue Well-Known Member

    Very nice, I'd be proud of her. Unfortunately, don't have one like her.... yet.
  15. Old Dragoon

    Old Dragoon Well-Known Member

    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 www.1960nma.org 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.
  16. woodnbow

    woodnbow Well-Known Member

    Weird coincidence?

    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..

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  17. rcflint

    rcflint Well-Known Member

    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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