"COLT SINGLE ACTION ARTILLERY ARMY REVOLVER. SN 5211. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 5-1/2" bbl, slightly thinned front sight with "COLT" re-rolled block letter address. It has 2-line patent date and "U.S." on left side of frame. It has second style short checkered hammer spur with early style straight cone firing pin. Fitted with 1-pc walnut grip bearing Rinaldo A. Carr ("RAC") cartouche under date "1903" on right grip and his "RAC" stamp on bottom of each side of grip. Frame is numbered "5211" which falls directly in series of revolvers issued to the 7th Cavalry prior to Little Big Horn. Trigger guard is numbered "8165" and buttstrap is numbered "73410". Buttstrap was slightly thinned during refitting process to accommodate restamping the number. Bbl is numbered "8821" and has "PP" proof. Cylinder is numbered "137637" which indicates that it was reworked at Colt in 1896. It has third type ejector rod housing with bull's eye ejector rod head. Accompanied by a 2-page Kopec letter detailing most of above information. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as having been shipped June 16, 1903 to Springfield Armory in a shipment of 200 same type guns. Under remarks they state that the orig records for this revolver were lost or destroyed. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains about 70% thin Colt blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas. Cylinder retains about 50% thin blue, strong over about 1/3 of surface. Frame retains a bluish dark case colored finish and hammer traces of faded case colors. Grip frame retains traces of blue in sheltered areas being mostly a mottled silver/brown patina with some small hammer or vice marks on trigger bow. Grip, with its clear cartouche & date, has a chipped right toe and shows moderate wear and retains a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a spot or two of light rust. A fine orig authentic artillery whose frame could have been with Custer. 4-31229 JR208 (7,000-12,000)"
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