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    Acid etched Colt barrels

    I was reading Don Wilkerson's Colt's Double Action Revolver (1878 model) and came across the passage that says the idea for using the acid etched panel "Frontier Six Shooter" for 44 CF's came from J. P. Moore's Sons of New York. They wanted it for a sales promotion. . It seems that Colt decided it was a good idea and decided to add the word Colt to the requested phrase. This request by J. P Moore's was dated Jan of 1878. My question is did Colt add this Acid etched panel to the 1877 models and the 44 CF SAA at this same time? Or was the model 1877 acid etched panel the genesis of Moore's request to use one on their 1878 44CF orders. Evidently Coltvwas accustomed to doing acid etching.

    Appears likely that the SAA 44 CF probably came about then since it was the same caliber as the 1878 request but what about the Model 1877 which were 32, 38 and 41 calibers
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    good question.
    I think the very early 77's were not etched.
    The one I have is 42xx, mfg 1878 and it is.
    I think the 44's started the panel in 1878
    Others will likely have more accurate info but I like to talk too
    The New Lines of 1874/1875 and forward are acid etched so the process was not new to Colt
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    I use to own a DA 1878 serial# 2178 Etched Frontier six shooter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    good question.
    I think the very early 77's were not etched.
    The one I have is 42xx, mfg 1878 and it is.
    I think the 44's started the panel in 1878
    Others will likely have more accurate info but I like to talk too
    The New Lines of 1874/1875 and forward are acid etched so the process was not new to Colt
    I own a first year production model 1877 and it has the etched panel, had forgotten about that. So the model 1877 had to have the etched panel before Moore's asked Colt to add them to their 1878 44CF's. I will check serial # but I think it may be late first year of production.

    Sorry, I couldn't sleep last night and brain must have been foggy! Guess I answered my on question about the 1877 barrel markings. Still curious about the SSA in 44 CF.
    Dennis


 

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