"COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 18699. Cal. 45 Colt. CASEY INSPECTED Usual configuration with 7-7/16" bbl with muzzle apparently re-crowned sometime during period of use. It has standard front sight with script bbl address that has serifs at each end. It has its orig first type ejector rod housing with bull's eye ejector rod head and its orig base pin with dimples at each end. Frame has 2-line patent dates with a small "US" on left side. There are small "C" sub-inspector initials on bbl, trigger guard, top of backstrap and side & back of cylinder. It has 1-pc walnut grip with a partially visible cartouche on left side. Casey inspected single actions are some of the most scarce of Cavalry issues with only 2,560 possibly inspected by him, but in actuality far fewer as Casey shared this series of revolvers with two other sub-inspectors. Accompanied by an 1881 Pattern flap holster with "US" on body and two slots in flap for brass stud. It also has a rectangular brass buckle with "US" in a circle mounted on an Indian Wars period leather belt. Accompanied by a Kopec letter authenticating this revolver and stating that it probably was issued as a replacement to the 7th Cavalry after the Little Big Horn. He also notes that the grip is mismatched but states that grip has been on revolver for many years. CONDITION: Good to very good. Traces of orig finish remain in most sheltered areas with most of revolver surface being a cleaned gray metal color. Grip is sound showing heavy wear with a chipped left toe and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered small spots of pitting. Holster has a crackled finish showing heavy wear with a dark black/brown patina, missing its toe plug. Belt is soft & flexible with a crackled finish. Buckle has a fine dark patina. 4-33321 JR332 (17,500-27,500)"
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