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Revolver - Colt New Service, 1918 Object Reg. No: ST 024323

Summary:
Colt New Service centrefire revolver, cal. .455 in. Eley, rifled round barrel 138 mm (5 1/2 in) long.

Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, serial number 130223, 1918.
Description:
Six chambered long fluted cylinder with cylinder stops on outer surface, cylinder is a swing-out model to allow for loading and extraction, cylinder is at present jammed. Solid steel frame, steel rounded trigger guard, steel back strap, all metal components with very good original blueing, some wear to cylinder and R.H.side barrel, black two-piece finely chequered hard rubber grips with 'COLT' framed in an oval at grip upper on both sides, L.H. grip broken and lower half missing, 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. Stamped 'J' on frame underneath missing portion of L.H.grip. The individual single-digit is the number code of the inspector. One-line Colt address stamped on barrel with second line of patent dates.
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), 27.60 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length 13.80cm (5 1/2 in) long.

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Tagged with: revolvers american, calibre 45 cilindro izquierdo, -1
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
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.
Stamped on L.H. side of barrel: NEW SERVICE 455 ELEY
Stamped on top of frame: star motif
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: broad arrow/ crown over illegible charcters/ F

Serial No. -
Frame under swing-arm: 130223; Swing-arm: 130223
Model Name/Number: New Service
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America, 1918

Comments

REG HANSEN Posted on 01 Mar 2010 12:21 PM
I HAVE A COLT ,455 SHIPPED SEPT 22 1916 8 DAYS AFTER THE SHUTDOWN OF THE CONTRACT GUNS SERIAL #93026 IT HAS A(P )STAMPED OVER( 1 2 )ON IT 5 TIMES GATE CYLINDER UNDER GRIPS AN 2 TIMES ON THE OUTSIDE MOSTLEY REMOVED PLUS ALL PROOF MARKS AND LEND LEASE MARKS.WHAT DO YOU THINK THANKS REG HANSEN 1-509-990-1336 SPOKANE WA.USA
Discovery Centre Posted on 01 Mar 2010 4:13 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Reg - For more information about your Colt perhaps you could contact an American institution such as the Museum of Connecticut History at the Connecticut State Library. They have a large Colt Firearms collection: http://www.museumofcthistory.org/colt.asp
reg hansen Posted on 04 Mar 2010 9:39 AM
I LOOKED AT MY COLT LETTER AND MY SHIPPING DATE WAS SEPT 22 1915 .BUT THE LETTER HAND ONLY SHIPPING DATE .455 BLUE 5 AND ONE HALF INCH BARREL SHIPPED TO LONDON ARMORY. BUT I CAN NOT FIND ANY BODY THAT CAN TELL ME WAAT THE P 12 STANDS FOR NOT EVEN JOE AT COLT ARCIVES. THE GUN IS SILVER WITH BLUE OVER IT AND LEND LEASE MARKS PROOF MARKS A STAR IN A CIRCLE.ALSO I FOUND A(1) OVER (93 P) ON THE SIDE. DATE OF 1876 0R 78 CARVED IN WRITEING.UNDER THE GRIPS A (K OVER P OVER 12) CAPITAL E A SMALL e and a (4)the cylinder has the p 12 and crosspennits.a small m on gate with p 12 and serial #.also no lanyard no us markings or inspections. it has a crown over 56 over E .A UMBRELLA THING OVER CROWN OVER CP OVER E FACE DOWN . 6 CYLINDER PROOFS.BARREL HAS NP.CROWN ON CIRCLE AND ARM SEPTOR PROOFS.CROSSPENNITS NEAR BARREL.LAST PATTEN DATE JULY 1905.AND THE GUN IS BUILT LIKE A SWISS WATCH YOU CAN NOT SEE THE GAPS ON LEFT SIDE WITHOUT A MAGNAFING GLASS.WHAT DO I HAVE HERE SOMETHING RARE I THINK THANKS REG HANSEN 1-509-990-1336
Discovery Centre Posted on 06 Mar 2010 12:05 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Reg, perhaps consider posting your enquiry on the Colt forum: : http://www.coltforum.com/forums/
You may find that a more knowledgable collector is able to assist.

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