Colt 1860 Army Military issue?

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Hey everyone ~ Recently purchased this Colt 1860 Army. Numbers matching except for the barrel lug. I have been trying to research if you can determine if it was military issued by the number of inspector marks? Here are the best pix I could take and greatly appreciate ANY HELP..thanks!
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Thanks! Did the pistols made for civilian purchase have that many inspection marks, or did they even have any? I don't really know much about the civilian/military info, but would be thrilled if it could be confirmed as being military issue. I just ordered a book on the 1860 by Charley Pate. I guess he's a well known expert. Won't be released until January though. Thanks again ~
 

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Recently purchased this Colt 1860 Army. Numbers matching except for the barrel lug.
Per Colt's online database, serial number indicates manufacture in 1862. Pretty safe wager that 99%+ of everything leaving Colt's doors that year got sucked into the war, one way or t'other (even if it is a 3 screw model).

Nice acquisition. Gonna spend the bucks for a Colt letter?
 

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Did the pistols made for civilian purchase have that many inspection marks, or did they even have any?
Units got crates of revolvers purchased by the government and inspected by same.

Something to think about, with regards to a letter - officers (and some other ranks) often privately purchased firearms. Without a name engraved on it, chances of slim of making a personal connection but knowing where Colt sent that particular piece would be good to know - and might instigate more questions to ask about it.
 
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Per Colt's online database, serial number indicates manufacture in 1862. Pretty safe wager that 99%+ of everything leaving Colt's doors that year got sucked into the war, one way or t'other (even if it is a 3 screw model).

Nice acquisition. Gonna spend the bucks for a Colt letter?
Thank you! I was going to get the Colt letter but the one I got for my 1885 Lightning cost $100, and for percussion it's $300! I only paid $775 for the pistol ~ I'll have to start buying more lottery tickets!
 
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Units got crates of revolvers purchased by the government and inspected by same.

Something to think about, with regards to a letter - officers (and some other ranks) often privately purchased firearms. Without a name engraved on it, chances of slim of making a personal connection but knowing where Colt sent that particular piece would be good to know - and might instigate more questions to ask about it.
Definitely...thanks so much ~ Jerry
 
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As to Colt revolvers to civilians: In 1855 Frederick Olmsted, the fellow who designed Central Park in NYC, made a horseback tour of Texas and wrote a book about his travels. He called Texas "A Different Country Entirely," and commented that every man carried a pistol and 99% of them were Colt revolvers. As a sidebar, for a long-arm, Olmsted bought a new Sharps carbine for $40, but preferred his Colt pistol.
 

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VERY NICE COLT, 99% sure it military issue. If so there should be an inspector cartouche on the grips.
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Grips are worn and I can't make out any cartouche. Wish I could! I was hoping I might be able to find info by the inspector marks on the parts. I did find some info on an article by Charles Pate, and he mentions 2 gov't inspectors from that time. One's last name started with "H" and one with "K". There are a few of them on the pistol...
 
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Doesn't look like there is a cartouche on the grips, but the 66,000 serial range does put it in 1862, and pretty much everything was going to the military, especially early war. I have no doubt it was military.
 

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Doesn't look like there is a cartouche on the grips, but the 66,000 serial range does put it in 1862, and pretty much everything was going to the military, especially early war. I have no doubt it was military.
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Per Colt's online database, serial number indicates manufacture in 1862. Pretty safe wager that 99%+ of everything leaving Colt's doors that year got sucked into the war, one way or t'other (even if it is a 3 screw model).

Nice acquisition. Gonna spend the bucks for a Colt letter?
 

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