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Revolver - Colt New Army and Navy, 1902 Object Reg. No: ST 023681

Summary:
Colt New Double Action Army and Navy centrefire revolver, cal. .38 in. Colt, rifled round barrel 81 mm (4 in) long. Revolver has been sectionised to illustrate mechanism.

Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, serial number 163413, 1902.
Description:
R.H.side plate removed, cylinder halved, and section of barrel removed. Six chambered [only three extant] fluted cylinder with cylinder stops and grooves 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 an overall brown patina, black two-piece finely chequered hard rubber grips with 'COLT' framed in an oval at grip upper on both sides, lanyard ring in butt. Pin style front sight not typical of this model and may be a later addition, cylinder catch on frame. Stamped on L.H.side of frame above grip is the rampant Colt logo. Two-line Colt address stamped on barrel with third line of patent dates. Some barrel text removed through sectionising.
Statement Of Significance:
This revolver was originally catalogued as a Colt New Service model. Several features suggest that this is not the case, amongst them the rectangular cylinder stops and additional grooves associated with the New Army and Navy model (neither being a feature of the preceeding 1889 DA Navy model or the subsequent 1898 New Service model), the ejector rod head typical of this model, safety catch, patent date stampings, and solid jointless frame with removable R.H.side plate - here removed to illustrate mechanism. This model was produced in both service and civilian variants, and the lack of any service markings suggest this to be the latter. It's barrel length of 4 inches was not a standard length for the civilian models and it may have originally been 4 1/2" or 6" and shortened, which may also explain the pin style front sight, also not standard to the model.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 13.40 cm (Height), 4.20 cm (Width), 21.80 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length 8.10cm (4 in)

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Tagged with: revolvers american
Themes this item is part of: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., Gunmakers, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, Arms Collection, Samuel Colt, Gunmaker (1814-1862), Colt Firearms in Colonial Victoria, 1850-1900
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Stamped on barrel: [removed] A. MFG. CO./ HARTFORD [illegible]/ PAT AUG 5 84 NOV 6 88 MAR 5 95
Stamped on L.H. side of barrel: COLT. D.A. 38

Stamped on cylinder catch: 602

Serial No. -
Butt: 163413
Model Name/Number: New Service
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America, 1902

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