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Old Colt Revolver Serial Number Dating??

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Felix, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. Felix

    Felix NW OR Member

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    So someone i know has a old colt, 5 shot ball & cap revolver that he was wondering what the date was on it....He said he looked around a bit but couldnt really find anything. He doesnt know the caliber, but is pretty sure its before the 45, or not the 45 or sumthin like that....Anyways, anybody know a good site to look up the serial number on when i he lets me know the number?
     
  2. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    PM me the number, along with any markings on the gun and I'll get ya the approx. year.
     
  3. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Online serial number reference here: http://proofhouse.com/colt/index.html

    Kind of sounds like your buddy doesn't have a clue about what he's got.
    There were LOTS of different Colt cap-n-ball revolver models, each with
    it's own serial numbers. You SURE it's 5 shot? That would narrow it
    down a lot. Doesn't happen to have a folding trigger does it?
     
  4. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    If it's a cap and ball Colt revolver it's 1836 to late 1860's. Five shoot means it's a pocket frame, so 1848 to 1862. Is it a .31 or a .36? Round barrel or octagon? Probably a 49'er, that is the most common, 249,000 made.
     
  5. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Well---It COULD be a Patterson. But you are probably right, there were a lot
    more of the various 5 shot pockets.
     
  6. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    I could be, I should have added "probably" Does any one in Oregon own one? A real one that is. I have a old counterfeit, about as close as I well ever get.

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