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Model 1860 Army Revolver

left side

left side

1869; serial number 183225E
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company

Because of the extensive research and development taking place at Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company, the Colt revolver was constantly improving. One such improvement was the development of a new material known as silver steel, which was lighter and stronger than the previous steel used for firearm production. The first Colt revolver to be made with silver steel was the Model 1860 Army. The model was quickly approved by the United States Ordnance Department, and it was used by more Union troops in the Civil War than any other handgun. As a result, Model 1860 Armies are often found in poor condition. Serial number 183225E, however, is in superb condition and is beautifully engraved in a rare and unusual style.

  • right side

    right side
  • cylinder detail

    cylinder detail
  • Union cavalry soldier with a Model 1860 Army Revolver and a cavalry sabre

    courtesy of Library of Congress

  • Union soldier with a Model 1860 Army Revolver

    courtesy of Library of Congress
  • Union soldier with a Model 1860 Army Revolver and an American flag

    courtesy of Library of Congress


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