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Is this an 1860 Army?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Tacoma, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. Tacoma

    Tacoma Member

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    I was browsing through one of my local gun shops and came across this beauty in the case.
    It's a Pietta, 44 cal, 8" round barrel, case hardened frame, fluted cylinder, Brass blade front sight. Grips are custom and match the handle on the handmade knife. I'm thinking it's a 1860 Army model but am not sure. Sure feels sweet in the hand! I'm also sure it's worth the $175 I gave for the package . ( Heck, the belt even fits!)
    Only downside is that the holster is left handed. I have no problem wearing it butt first on my right side for range use though. So being new to this, I'll ask the experts. What do I have?

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  2. rodwha

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    It's an 1860 Army but the cylinders weren't fluted. Looks nice though!
     
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  3. daboyleroy

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    If you don't want it ....I'll take it for what you paid for it
    The pawn shops here price them like they are originals
    Great looking set
    Some people have all the luck
    Nice Christmas present.....
     
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  4. Tacoma

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    So you think it's a frankenpistol with a post production cylinder?
     
  5. Tacoma

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    Trust me, I usually don't have any luck. I guess this goes to prove that even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then.
     
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  6. Tommygunn

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    I used to think the fluted cylinder like that on the 1860 was fantasy. But it turns out that it was real! Colt would offer that cylinder on a "special order" basis. I have an old book from the middle of the 20th century with a photo of an original somewhere.
    I don't know how many were actually made, so they might not be very common today.
     
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  7. rodwha

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    No. I figure it came that way from the factory. I'm not super knowledgeable though. As was pointed out they could be had originally by special order.

    I prefer the look of it to the scrolled scene.
     
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  8. Fingers McGee

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    It is what Pietta called/calls the Lawman model. They have been selling this model off & on since at least the early 90s. I have one date coded 1991 that came in a cased set from Cabelas Christmas catalog of 1992. Blue Book lists it at $375 NIB.

    Ya dun reeel gud Tacoma
     
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  9. Stormson

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    Looks like one heck of a good deal to me, congrats!
     
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  10. Tacoma

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    Thank you , all. Very informative and encouraging. Hopefully Santa brings some FFF.
     
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  11. Arkansas Paul

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    You got it for a good price. I'm jealous.

    Give us a range report when you get around to shooting it.
     
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  12. Curator

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    A U.S. Cavalryman would wear the 1860 Army pistol butt forward on his right side and his saber on his left side. Cross-draw the saber with the right hand as it was their principal fighting weapon. Pistol was drawn with the left hand after the saber was replaced in its scabbard or lost, then transferred to the right hand. Reins typically held in left hand even while drawing the pistol.

    The first 4000 or so run of the 1860 Army Colts had full-length fluted cylinders, and many of these were sent to Texas in the days before the ACW broke out. Half-fluted cylinders were available by special order to the civilian market right up to about 1868. Not many of them were made but they are authentic.
     
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  13. Blackpowdershooter44

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    I'm pretty sure Cabelas carried some 1860's with white grips and fluted cylinders for a while, but I could be wrong. Great deal on a beautiful revolver!
     
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  14. Noz

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    I owned a pair at one time. 1860 Army made by Uberti.

    I'm backing out on this reply. My memory now says the Ubertis I owned had full length flutes not the half length shown.
     
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  15. 44 Dave

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    These are1/2 fluted, DSCN5364 (Small).JPG I have a pair of Ubertis 69 serial numbers apart with a1868 build date code
     
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    The belt, holster and knife is worth at least 60 bucks used, I don't recognize the knife....probably a bit more if it's a name brand knife. I think ya did alright.
     
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    Very nice find! Even if I wasn't in the market for a Model 1860 I would have been hard pressed to pass up a deal like that!
     
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  18. kBob

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    Very nice looking gun and stuff. I do like the look of the half cylinder flutes myself and look at that you lucky dawg.....that gun is set up for a shoulder stock if you happen across one.

    Very good price for the whole set, I think.

    -kBob
     
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  19. Crawdad1

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    What do you have? You got yourself a great deal on a great rig. Beautiful 1860 Army repro complete with a 1/2 fluted cylinder, these are great looking revolvers. Tell us how it shoots, will ya???
     
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  20. don3

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    Nice looking rig, nice price. Where in new england ya from? I'm in RI, near the university and Narragansett. Maybe 35 min. from Foxwoods. Of course your not to far from anything in RI
     
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  21. Tacoma

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    Hey Neighbor, I'm over here on the Tiverton/Westport line. I do get out your way from time to time. Mainly to do a little fishing. It's about an hour ride for me.
     
  22. Woodlander

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    Well it is an 1860 Army if you believe Pietta. It is not if you go by Colt. Colt never issued an 1860 Army with half fluted cylinder. Pietta did.
     
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  23. Crawdad1

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    They're rare but Colt did offer them.
     
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  24. Woodlander

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    To the best of my knowledge, Colt issued 1860 Armies fitted with fully fluted cylinders, not half fluted ones.
    I am ready to apologize if you can prove me wrong.
     
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  25. stoky

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    nice!
    A screaming deal at $175, IMO.
     
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