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Revolver - Colt New Service, 1918 Object Reg. No: ST 024317

Colt New Service centrefire revolver, cal. .455 in. Eley, rifled round barrel 13.90cm (5 1/2 in) long.

Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, serial number 130659, 1918

Transferred from the Australian Army School of Infantry, number M273.
Six chambered long fluted cylinder with cylinder stops on outer surface, cylinder is a swing-out model to allow for loading and extraction, solid steel frame, steel rounded trigger guard, steel back strap, all metal components with original blueing, some wear to colouring along barrel and on cylinder high points, black two-piece finely chequered hard rubber grips with 'COLT' framed in an oval at grip upper on both sides, lanyard ring in butt. New Service style bladed front sight with rear of sight notched, cylinder catch on frame L.H.side, ejector rod head with two chequered collars.

Stamped on L.H.side of frame above grip is the rampant Colt logo. Stamped on L.H.side of frame above cylinder catch is a crown over illegible markings, F, and a broad arrow denoting British inspection marks. Stamped on L.H.side of frame at muzzle end of cylinder a pair of crossed pennants, stamped on L.H.side of triggerguard 'VP' and 3, denoting firearm's final check as being positive. The individual single-digit is the number code of the inspector. One-line Colt address stamped on barrel with second line of patent dates and terminated with a star. Stamped on frame top with star.

The star stamping denotes the firearm having been sold out of service. School of Infantry number M273.
Statement Of Significance:
The Colt New Service model was the largest swingout-cylinder revolver made by Colt and appeared in 1898 and continued with various improvements and modifications, until 1944. Due to the period of its run, the model saw service in both World Wars and was produced in eighteen calibres, including popular British calibres to cater for that market. This particular model is stamped with British ordnance marks and chambered to the popular English .455 Eley. Army and Navy models were produced in 1909 and in the same year a now rare to find Marine Corp model was produced. One of the best known variants is the 1917 model chambered to .45 ACP, three rounds being held in a semi-circular clip for speed loading. Two clips loaded the cylinder. The same ammunition could also be used in Colt's 1911 automatic pistol.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Australian Army, 1957
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 15.60 cm (Height), 4.00 cm (Width), 27.30 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length 13.90cm (5 1/2 in)

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Tagged with: revolvers american, 23732
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, Samuel Colt, Gunmaker (1814-1862), Colt Firearms in Colonial Victoria, 1850-1900, Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., Gunmakers, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, Customs House, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 1998-2015
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Stamped on barrel: COLT'S PT. F. A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A./PAT 'D AUG 5, 1884, JUNE 5, 1900, JULY 4, 1905. [star motif]
Stamped on L.H. side of barrel: NEW SERVICE 455 ELEY
Stamped on L.H. side of triggerguard: VP framed in an inverted triangle
Stamped on L.H. side of triggerguard: 3
Stamped on L.H. side of frame: Rampart Colt logo
Stamped on L.H. side of frame: crossed flag emblem
Stamped on L.H. side of frame: crown over illegible charcters/ F/ broad arrow
Stamped on frame top: star motif

Serial No. -
Frame under swing-arm: 130659; Swing-arm: 130659
Model Name/Number: New Service
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America, 1918
User: School of Infantry, Australian Army, Seymour, Victoria, Australia, circa 1940s-1950s


R.A. Hansen Posted on 24 Apr 2010 10:55 AM
I have a colt 455 new service revolver with numerous proof marks and stamps all over ,it has a P over 12 stamped in four or five places. No one has been able to tell me what it stands for. Any ideas? the serial # is 93026 and it left the colt factory in 1915

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