When discussing Colt Percussion revolvers in print, the M in front of the date (i.e. M 1847 Walker, M 1848, M1850, 1851 Dragoon, 1849 Pocket, M1851 Navy, M1860 Army, M1861Navy, M1862 Police, and M1865 Navy) stands for Model. Pocket, Navy, Army, Police designates the caliber of the gun: Pocket = .31 cal.; Navy and Police = .36 cal.; and Army and Dragoon = .44 cal. The M designation for Model was used by Colt until 1914.Gustmez1:
I wasn't aware that they made a specific limited edition of the Lee and Grant single cased sets. They made 4750 sets of the Lee and 4750 sets of the Grant; the serial numbers for the Lee: 251REL to 5000REL, and for the Grant: 251USG to 5000USG. I believe that Colt did ship through their distribution channels some of the single cased sets of Lee and Grant together (with same serial number), which were then sold by the dealers as a pair. Though, maybe not necessarily intended to be a pair, they are a pair, nevertheless, and you are to be congratulated for finding one (they are beautiful sets). Since you haven't unpacked your pair, I have included my single cased sets, below (though not matching serial numbers, like yours)
The double matched pair is identified with the following serial numbers, for Lee: 0LGP to 250LGP, and for Grant: 0GLP to 250GLP.
Steg, you named a couple of difficult ones to get. Though they made 174 of the Conquistadores Del Cielo, I have never seen, or know of the location of, one. This will be a challenge.
I know of the whereabouts of 3 of 8 of the 1861 Navy Stainless Steel. I had indicated an interest in buying #1 or #2 from the owner, but since I knew he wasn't going to let go of the pair, it was a half-hearted comment. Made a firm offer of double the value for #8, but the owner wasn't ready to sell since he had just acquired it. Too bad, normally the first offer is the best, and I may not do so again.
I notice in your description of the 2nd generation guns the designator 'M' in front of the year. Is that to separate it from the 1st generation guns, and 'M' means 'modern'?
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