The United States Army leaned heavily on the Colt Manufacturing Company during the American Civil War. The war did make Samuel Colt very wealthy but, for his part, he helped the Union Army win the war with superior firepower. Presented is a wonderful single-action Colt model 1860 Army Percussion .44 caliber revolver. The serial number of the gun is 44193, and for a nominal fee, Colt can tack the history of this particular revolver through their impeccable records, showing when and where the gun was sold. The metal is in very good shape with very little pitting and no rust. The grips, trigger and overall gun are in excellent condition, although minor restoration is encouraged, since the firing pin is missing. The revolver has very little original finish remaining on the barrel and frame, but the overall appearance of the pistol is still magnificent. The relic is an 1860 Army Civilian model, which has a 3-screw frame with no shoulder stock cuts for the stock attachments used on the standard army model and the late New York barrel address. This model 1860 Army gun, made in 1862 according to the serial number, is a .44 caliber percussion 6-shot revolver with an 8" round barrel. The walnut grips, frame, levers and hammer are all in excellent condition, and the serial numbers are all matching.
More than 200,000 were manufactured from 1860 through 1873. Colt's biggest customer was the US Government with over 127,000 units being purchased and issued to the troops. This weapon was a single-action, six-shot weapon accurate up to 75-to-100 yards, where the fixed sights were typically set when manufactured. The rear sight was a notch in the hammer, clearly visible only when the revolver was cocked.