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    1860 Richard's Transition is home

    Well, after letting go of a few other guns to acquire her, she is home.

    I love my first original pre-1900s Colt.

    The cocking action is strong though at first "half" cock when you can spin the cylinder. The clicking is a bit tentstive, but to be expected at 149-years old.

    The wedge is not numbered. Also, I think the retaining screw is incorrect or possibly broken. I don't think it actually secures the wedge, but I could be wrong. I took the wedge out but didn't want to force the barrel off (though I am dying to, I can't imagine I would hurt anything, but disassembling such an old artifact scares me).

    The cylinder has no markings at all.

    The ejector rod is original.

    The rifling is strong.

    The grips are well worn but look original to me.

    The BACK STRAP SN 191191does not match the other three 196033.

    There is a small "p" on the conversion ring under the hole where the firing pin strikes.

    If there are other photos that might help you with any questions, please let me know.

    If I understand right, getting a Colt letter isn't really worth it for a conversion since Colt tracks the number to its "1860 Army" origin not as a unique model, though the Colt website states it was made in 1871.

    The finish is hard for me to "grade" but it looks good to me, though some pitting.

    I have read and re-read the 2nd model chapter in McDowell's "A Study of Conversions..." so I would love any insight from the experts here.

    Thank you!

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    A few more.

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    Nice detail in the pics. Thanks for showing.
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    An interesting Richards-Mason conversion. Richards ejector and Mason type hammer. The wedge retaining screw is missing and may be broken off in the threaded hole? The last such screw that I bought came from Dixie Gun Works, and was (at the time) a decent replacement. Right now that screw is SP1625, See link below:

    https://www.dixiegunworks.com/index/page/category/category_id/396/category_chain/394,396/name/Colt+M1860+Army/
    Last edited by victorio1sw; 02-10-2020 at 10:32 PM.
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    Great photos, thanks for sharing the detail with us.
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