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    Thoughts regarding Colt Model 1902, as inspected by Odus C Horney (Factory Letter)

    For background, please refer to this thread: https://www.coltforum.com/forums/col...ex-answer.html

    Wilkerson's book (Colt's Double Action Revolver: Model of 1878) states the following, pp 396-397: "In addition to the 5,000 revolvers specified in the contract, seven extra revolvers were manufactured. These seven revolvers were as follows..." At which point 7 revolvers are detailed, specific to this gun would be #4--"On January 3, 1902, William Crozier< Chief of Ordnance, authorized the purchase of the revolver mentioned above, (not really applicable to this part, and easier just to reference #3 in the book) and, in addition, a second revolver to be sent to his office as a sample. Serial number unknown. (April 4, 1902 the first 500 Model 1902 revolvers were shipped to the Springfield Armory.)"

    Then, he states the following: "One of the revolvers in the above list with an unknown serial number may have been 43471. This revolver was stamped with an "O.C.H." (Odus C. Horney) instead of the usual "J.T.T." on the right side of the frame above the grip. This revolver may have been the revolver referred to in Captain Horney's letter of December 28, 1901 or the additional revolver authorized by General William Crozier on January 3, 1902. At any rate, it appears that Captain Horney himself acted as final inspector for this revolver."

    But, what seems to be cut and dry--isn't.

    Fact: Odus C. Horney inspected ans stamped few--very few--of these revolvers with his initials.

    Fact: Wilkerson states that this may be one of the revolvers in the above list of 7. He does state may but strongly infers it is.

    Fact: It is probable that this revolver would have had to have shipped as one of two prior to the shipment of 500 on April 4, 1902.

    Fact: The letter I have on this one states that it was one of 550 shipped on April 9, 1902. Was this an additional shipment of 500 or did the 4 of April 4th and the 9 of April 9th look similar and it was one shipment? Possible. But 500 is not 550, and was one a typo or the other or were these two separate and distinct shipments.

    Fact: The only reason why Odus C Horney would have inspected a gun, in all likelihood, is if it was a sample, on a trial basis. So, why would he have examined this particular revolver, and not John Taliaferro Thompson, e.g., "J.T.T."?

    Bob Fritz was the owner at the time of Wilkerson's book being published. Does anyone know his whereabouts and if he has any answers?

    So, many questions, more questions than answers.

    Thoughts?
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