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Colt walker?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by CoryStotts, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. CoryStotts

    CoryStotts Michigan New Member

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    Just found out my father in law has a colt just hangin out upstairs... I'm trying to find out exactly what he's got here but everything is so confusing... Is there a quick way to tell if a colt is reproduction?
     
  2. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Can you post some detailed pictures? Or at least a list of ALL markings on the
    gun?

    FWIW---the chances of it being a genuine Walker are about the same as you
    being hit by lightning while playing golf in a pink tu-tu.
     
  3. CoryStotts

    CoryStotts Michigan New Member

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    The only thing that is on it is serial number, on barrel it says "address Sam colt New York", and US with a number under it on the right side. The chamber has a design on it, horses with riders, and also a scrolled patter but there are no words in it
     
  4. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    Here's a link to Colt serial numbers: Serial Number Data

    As BillM said, some photos would be great.
     
  5. CoryStotts

    CoryStotts Michigan New Member

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    Here is the overall pic

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  6. CoryStotts

    CoryStotts Michigan New Member

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    Here are the other details... Serial is 7xxB

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  7. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Anything is possible. That being said you need to get in touch with Colt Mfg. and see what they have to say. I am sure they have some basic information as to weight, correct markings, size and proper location to parts as a starting point. I am certainly no expert but the frame looks a little more 'blue' than it should be for the age and the edges are too sharp. Every genuine old Colt I have ever seen has virtually no blue left and the edges on the metal parts were always dented and dinged up. Call Colt.
     
  8. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    From the photo of the trademark (which is a pretty lousy photo) I do not see the letter "L" after the name "SAM" and would therefor say without a doubt your holding a reproduction.

    To see what the trademark should actually read here is a description taken directly from one of the most famous of the 100 civilian sold Walkers.


    Fine and Exceptional Colt Walker Model Civilian Series | Lot #33006 | Heritage Auctions


    The markings are extraordinary, sharp and perfect, with numbers matching throughout. The barrel address is sharp and clear:
    ADDRESS, SAML COLT, NEW-YORK CITY
    (note that the L in SAML is raised with a line beneath.)
    (Note yours does not say "CITY" nor does it have the dot between "New" and "York" Nor the comas.

    The address line should look like this one on a 1851 Navy
    http://www.damonmills.com/images/PS 38/Colt Navy LB 3206/LB Colt Navy 3206 Address 1.jpg
     
  9. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The barrel address doesn't look quite right. I can't tell---is it Sam Colt or SamL Colt(with the L being about half height and
    positioned at the top of the M)?

    It does look like a Walker----but there are a LOT more fake Walkers than there are real ones.
     
  10. CoryStotts

    CoryStotts Michigan New Member

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    So this is not correct... Any value on a well done reproduction? Lol

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  11. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    In beat up condition if its still safe to shoot maybe $75.00 to 90.00
     
  12. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    I would not be so sure it is not a legit Walker. Yes, there were some that were manufactured to deceive, but most reproductions will have "Italy" on them somewhere. It is an import law thing.

    Colt manufactured the Walker for more than one year, and the proof is in the SN...which takes a letter to Colt requesting the history. I have an old Colt, and if tehre is one thing I have learned...you know nothing until you do your research.
     
  13. CoryStotts

    CoryStotts Michigan New Member

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    I called them today... But they are closed. What are normal serial numbers? Mine is 3 digits and a B. Also, I looked and there is no Italy stamped on it unless its internal. Thanks!!
     
  14. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    There were a total of 1100 of them manufactured originally. From what I've read tehre were 2000 ordered ( first order of 1000, then a second order for a second thousand. The original ones came back for factory referb because of problems...that may be your "b" in your serial number.

    I did find one other thing, Colt itself did make reproductions (or produced it after the original 2000 order) but with a 3 digit SN it either has to be real, or specifically manufactured to deceive. As it looks like it has age, I think it there is enough to get a letter from Colt. (It will cost you $$ though)
     
  15. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Member Madcratebuilder knows a lot about these so you might PM him. I have heard the screws on replicas are metric as they are made in Italy. Dont know if that helps.
     
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    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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  17. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    There appears to be a couple of problems with that list. They only account for a bit over 600 SNs, where the Colt information I have states there were 1100 Walkers manufactured.

    There is another problem I see there. I have a Colt Officer's Model 38 that does not have the 1926 patent date, which reguardless of anything else means it was manufactured before the 1926 patent date (I happen to know for Colt letter Positive that it was manufactured in 1926, but before the 1926 patent was issued.) Your link only give SN for Officer's Models manufactured in 1930 or later. (Those will all have the 1926 patent date on them)

    Without a letter from Colt, you do not know "FOR SURE". If the pistol is real, that letter takes all question out, and more than doubles it's value.

    Oh, may I point out...with Colt...their SN's are a mess. Illustrations here: http://www.gunrightsmedia.com/showthread.php?421178-Colt-Officers-Model-38
     
  18. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    For this to be a real Colt Walker then one would have to believe that Colt so screwed up the address line in 6 ways

    The font is completely wrong

    No little detail line leading into the address line

    No raised L with a line under it at the end of "SAM"

    No dot between "New" and "York"

    The Word "City" does not appear after New-York.

    No little detail line leading out of the address line

    The Serial number mentioned does not match any original nor is the style of the serial number the same as either the Military or the Civilian versions

    The cylinder locking notches appear to be closer to the muzzle end of the cylinder then photos of confirmed originals. The also appear to have parallel sides as if cut with a mill end. The originals are clearly OVAL in shape.

    The back strap on this is clearly made from Brass while the Original in this series of photos is clearly NOT BRASS

    Priced in Auctions : Colt Walker U.S. Military Issue Revolver Company No. 81* - HLEBOOKS.com & Collectorebooks.com

    The US 1847 on the OPs is to far down on the side of the breach actually being shielded by the Screw. If you look at this photo of the side of the breach block on a reproduction you not only see the same lowered position of the 1847 but you also see why the side of the Block has all those hammer marks. They are there as a result of obscuring the proof marks shown in this photo


    I see no rear sight nor indication one was mounted in a dovetail as shown in the above example

    The whole bottom of the Breach block is shaped wrong the OPs gun has a rounded shape to the bevel at the bottom edge the confirmed orignial instead has a concave shape to this area.


    I'm sorry but if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and swims like a duck. Then it is a duck. In this case this is a dolled up reproduction nothing more. There are at least 13 problems with this being an original and that is just what I can see from a couple super crappy photos comparing them to confirmed originals photos.

    I would bet on it.
     
  19. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    I did notice the proof marks on yours, and not on his. To the OP..are their proof marks on your FIL's pistol? can we see a photo of them? Very important. If the proof marks have been hammered out as Mark W has suggested...it would be a killer...and true proof that your Walker is not an original.
     
  20. CoryStotts

    CoryStotts Michigan New Member

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    Wow! Thanks for all the info! We knew this gun was a long shot but u never know unless u ask! Sorry about the photos, I took them with my iPhone so that I could at least of something on there. I wasn't going for super high quality, NPR was I expecting anyone to tell me I had a half a million dollar gun, I simply didn't know what this thing was and wanted an opinion on it! So thank u all for ur comments and suggestions! When I am at their house next I will take a pic of the proof marks if there are any on it... Where exactly would they be? Thanks again!!