Colt U.S. Artillery, Custer Range and "True Blue" Manila Arsenal Finish w/ Kopec Letter
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Category: Colt Revolvers - Single Action Army - 1st. Gen - Colt Revolvers - Army
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This is a very interesting Colt single action army. This Artillery model started it's military career as a 7-1/2" Cavalry model #5249. This revolver is from Lot 5, of the first ten lots of 1000 each, of the new Colt Army revolvers. Ordnance records indicate Lot 5 -1000 revolvers serial numbers 4516-5521, were issued to the 7th Cavalry prior to the Black Hills Expedition in late June, 1874. According to the letter of authentication from John Kopec, this revolver "could very well have been in the Custer battle on June 25, 1876". In his letter Mr. Kopec also takes note of the blue frame of this revolver. He believes this is "the original arsenal blue frame" though at the time this letter was written in 1992 he had little information to corroborate his belief. By the time Kopec's book "Colt Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers... A Continuing Study" was published in 1994 he had found more information (pg. 97) on what collectors now refer to as "true blue" Artillery frames. It's now acknowledged that this expert finish was done at the Manila Arsenal during a refurbishment presumably after the U.S. annexed the Philippines in 1898. This Colt could very well have been in both the Battle of Little Big Horn 1876 and the Philippine-American War 1899-1902. Additionally, the modern stocks referenced in Kopec's letter were replaced by John Kopec when the Colt was sent for evaluation. There are three distinct punch dots, on the bottom of the grip frame, that appear both deliberate and purposeful though I've been unable to find any information or other examples. This is an antique firearm and does not require an FFL. I'll be happy to answer any questions or furnish additional specific images.