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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeGunner View Post
    I do not have the gun yet trying to determine if this would be a
    Military 1860 Army.
    Is the trigger guard warped so that it doesn't fit up against the frame as it should or are the screws loose?

    If there is a small letter stamped to the rear of the trigger guard, just before it curves around the front of the grips, that is a a military inspector's mark. You should also find a small initial on the top of the backstrap, just behind the hammer.

    I have posted this before because it is an excellent article on military markings on the Model 1860. Hope it is helpful to you: https://springfieldarsenal.files.wor...page-28-35.pdf
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    Early one. I would love to have one.

    If I could ask a question, or two. Have I heard correctly that the fluted cylinder Model 1860's were amongst the first manufactured in that model? When did they transition to the round cylinder?
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    The fluted cylinder was offered from the very beginning up until around s/n 8000, which would be early in 1861. It is believed that about 4,000 guns with the fluted cylinder were made so both types of cylinders were offered concurrently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackjack33 View Post
    Is the trigger guard warped so that it doesn't fit up against the frame as it should or are the screws loose?

    If there is a small letter stamped to the rear of the trigger guard, just before it curves around the front of the grips, that is a a military inspector's mark. You should also find a small initial on the top of the backstrap, just behind the hammer.

    I have posted this before because it is an excellent article on military markings on the Model 1860. Hope it is helpful to you: https://springfieldarsenal.files.wor...page-28-35.pdf
    No it's not warped. Missing a screw. I don't want to put a replacment unless I could find an original. Going to try a few gun shows. Any suggestions?
    Do you think this revolver is worth lettering?
    Thanks, for the link Blackjack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackjack33 View Post
    The fluted cylinder was offered from the very beginning up until around s/n 8000, which would be early in 1861. It is believed that about 4,000 guns with the fluted cylinder were made so both types of cylinders were offered concurrently.
    So I am guessing the fluted cylinders command a higher price?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeGunner View Post
    So I am guessing the fluted cylinders command a higher price?
    For sure.

    I would check with colt archives and see if you can letter your 60 army. Southern shipped ones before the war bring a real premium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackjack33 View Post
    The government bought Model 1860s with the fluted cylinder but I believe they also went to the civilian market. Military guns would have the typical military inspector markings. I would definitely letter a Model 1860 if it is in good or better condition. Those with the fluted cylinder typically are worth 30%-50% more than those with the rebated cylinder.
    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeGunner View Post
    So I am guessing the fluted cylinders command a higher price?
    See post #3. 30%-50% premium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackjack33 View Post
    See post #3. 30%-50% premium.
    Thanks again Blackjack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coltsixguns View Post
    For sure.

    I would check with colt archives and see if you can letter your 60 army. Southern shipped ones before the war bring a real premium.
    Guess I'll get this one lettered. Are there any problems with Colt now getting letters?
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    No problems that I am aware of...cost is $300 and the good news yours falls in the retrievable letter range (1 to 140,000 ???) .....I know it will probably take several months to get it though.
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