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    Military Colt 1860 s /n 121916

    Hi all,

    After the excellent information provided by Jim regarding my 'E' serial London proofed Army, I was wondering if its possible to find any additional information regarding my issued 1860, its a very good, mid civil war manufactured (1863) example.

    W and H inspector marks throughout.

    Left cartouche WHR William H. Russell. Right cartouche sub inspector John Taylor - JT.

    Is it possible to tell any issue information based on serial numbers guys? Any information much appreciated.

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    I have an 1860 Army with serial number 1011XX, also manufactured in 1863. It has the same two cartouche inspectors as yours. I don't know if there is any way to find out who the individual soldier was that it was issued to. Information that I obtained from Pate's 1860 book was that mine may have been in a shipment of 1000 guns to the New York Arsenal in May, 1863. Another member might have better information. BTW, I like the look of yours.
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    Colt's shipping records end at the gaining element - usually an Arsenal/Depot officer who counted and signed for them as a 'responsible Officer' - who then caused them to be warehoused.

    From there, the weapons were issued out to whatever unit was next in line, and they weren't shipped in serial number order - just whatever found its way into the hand of the packer - from that point on, the weapon belonged to the military, and could literally be shipped everywhere.
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    My IT inspected 1860 Army
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    Many thanks for the info, so I take it I have to ask Colt for such shipping information, assuming its available still?

    Cheers, John
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    All Colt's information will mirror the above - number in shipment, US Government (location), date.

    If that's worth a c-note or better, that's up to you - you already 'know' it's an issued and inspected piece - knowing the loading dock doesn't add anything.
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    In my opinion, the only 1860's really worth lettering would be very early ones w/fluted cylinders. Many of these were shipped South right before the war. I have one of these that I will letter someday.
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    A nice specimen Sir...

    Always liked the svelte lines and caliber of the Colt 1860.





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    Hello Shooter13, thats the Fluted Army 60 in my collection, # 1158 with my Open Top
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    Thanks for the info again guys, very informative as ever, so I would guess all the military contact examples went initially to Governors Island, for onward issue.

    The fluted cylinder 1860 is absolutely stunning!
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