IMO, grips replaced not just sanded. Barrel gives me pause but not sure. As Keith said seeing the serial on barrel would help but i just get a uncomfortable feeling about this one.
BTY, all the military inspected guns were cartouched.
Just took a look at the A and P under the barrel. Not correct for a gun in the 13xxx range. IMO, had a cut barrel that was replaced. Probably cut after it's life in Virginia militia and being resold by Colt. A fairly recent replacement. Also the A on the TG is very strong compared to the wear on the serial #.
From the amount of remaining metal between sides of frame and TG screw well I'd say buffed but the US DOES look right. (?)
IMO, it IS an Ainsworth, just enhanced a bit.
Last edited by Rick; 10-24-2019 at 01:40 PM.
I tried to reply "With A Quote" so that both barrels were on one page, but apparently we cannot do that anymore?
Last edited by victorio1sw; 10-24-2019 at 04:20 PM.
A thought. I've seen correct itallic addresses whose die breakage seem to have no direct relationship to serial range. I suggest that Colt did not stamp the serial number at manufacture but stockpiled barrels (with address applied) awaiting a order. At that time a barrel would be pulled from stock ( whether it be the first, manufactured in 1873 or one from 1875) and serialized to match the rest of the gun. Therefore a pristine (early manufacture) address could have ended up on a 12xxx gun and vice versa.
I'd be interested in hearing other opinions.
That said, I still don't believe the subject barrel is original. Maybe Dave Lanara will see this and voice an expert opinion.
Last edited by Rick; 10-27-2019 at 12:38 PM.
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Address from barrel #2256.F31B838E-6EC3-4C42-8639-A2FDA62B8B4D.jpg
Barrel looks bent. Just the magnifier lens.
Hard to see but O and A are broken.
Last edited by Rick; 10-28-2019 at 05:42 PM.