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    Question Colt Army Special .41

    I was wondering if anybody has ever had any experiences with these revolvers. i haven't found much info on the .41 long colt.

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    I picked up one a couple of years back and here's a link to the thread.
    New Army Special .41 Long Colt With Questions
    There are quite a few threads on the .41 Long Colt and the revolvers in which it was chambered to be found scattered throughout the Forum. There's even an unofficial and informal .41 Long Colt owners' "association" of .41 Long Colt regulars who frequently chime in. You might wish to have a go at the search feature, inputing ".41 Long Colt" to see what turns up.

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    I have 2. An Army Special and its predecessor, the New Army. Owning a .41 is like owning a vintage Jeep, it's a labor of love. It's a great cartridge and fun, but it takes some work. Factory ammunition will run about $1.50-2.00 per shot; no one much has loaded it since the '70s, reloading helps. The bores on these revolvers run about .400-.406"-ish but the cartridge is a true .38 at .386. Good accuracy can be exprected to 15-25 yards, opening up rapidly past that; this was an old-time self defense cartridge. This is accomplished by using a hollow-base, soft lead bullet, looking quite a lot like a minie ball from a muzzleloader. The bullet expands with the gasses to fill the rifling. About 5 grains of Unique under a 200 grain bullet will give around 750fps, duplicating a basic .38 Special with a heavier slug. The revolver itself will be identical to its 38 caliber cousin, with bigger holes. A lot of the members here have ongoing affairs with the .41, so I'm sure there won't be a shortage of good information.
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    I tried the search and found a few old postings on it. seems like an interesting caliber. i see they ran in the 300 dollar range? is that a fair price? I'm gonna run a search to see if i can figure out the year it was made with the serial number.

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    checked the number on colt's website. the year that comes back is 1911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    I picked up one a couple of years back and here's a link to the thread.
    New Army Special .41 Long Colt With Questions
    There are quite a few threads on the .41 Long Colt and the revolvers in which it was chambered to be found scattered throughout the Forum. There's even an unofficial and informal .41 Long Colt owners' "association" of .41 Long Colt regulars who frequently chime in. You might wish to have a go at the search feature, inputing ".41 Long Colt" to see what turns up.
    this was very helpful and interesting. the gun that i saw had pearl style grips but they dont seem fit it well. i like the original style like the ones you have on your gun which is very nice!

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    What would you think is a fair price on a revolver like this?
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    colt1.jpg
    Only pic i have so far and the serial number ... 336724

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    I have 2: aThunderer and a Bisley. Both early 1900's. I like the caliber. Recoil is noticeable in the Thunderer and the lockwork is perfect, so it's on display. I rarely shoot the Thunderer but the Bisley is a favorite. My favorite for bullets is GAD and Starline for brass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caspecial.41 View Post
    I was wondering if anybody has ever had any experiences with these revolvers. i haven't found much info on the .41 long colt.
    I don't own one in that chambering (mine's in .38 Special), but I understand that modern loadings are available using smokeless powder. It was originally chambered for an outside lubricated (like a .22 Long Rifle) black powder round, so to load it with a modern style bullet they had to make up for the smaller caliber bullet that would be needed, so they made it a hollow base designed to expand out to the full caliber when fired so as to engage the barrel's rifling.

    Here's a picture of my Colt Army Special .38. It's the one on top.

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    Last edited by The Real Hawkeye; 05-21-2013 at 11:54 AM.


 

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