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These papers, being a notice to the colt family of discounted sales for 2nd generation BP revolvers, and a sales invoice, came with a couple of second generation colt black powder revolvers i acquired recently. I blocked out the buyer’s name for privacy. 02745BCE-148F-4136-9706-4C08A6C4C87F.jpeg 4AB90906-237F-42A3-9453-D5C4BADDFF6C.jpeg I thought some of you might enjoy seeing them.
 

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It would appear that the second generation Colts were not selling well in 1983.

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Thanks for the info and pictures. Colt discontinued the BP line in 1982. Discount to employees was probably to get rid of remaining stocks
 
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That discount is about that same percentage below suggested retail that a dealer price was. So basically Colt was just offering employees their wholesale price. Just an added perk for them, and an added chance to sell more products for Colt. Car companies and other manufacturers often do this.

I bought an Italian replica 1860 Army in about 1980 for $70. The Colts were expensive.
 

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$600 to $850 depending on model
 

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Considering only about a half dozen made, and (I believe) a couple retained by their archives dept., I would guess not. As an aside, my consecutive #?d 1860 stainless pair letters as shipped to a distributor in ?82, (part of shipment of 30), but was not sold at retail until 8 years later, according to my records. The cost was certainly a sticking point with these things, especially when the Uberti connection became common knowledge.
 

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There were only 8 productions copies made of the Colt 1861 Navy stainless steel (serial #43166S to #43173S). Colt did not offer these for sale to the public. Five are in collectors hands; three whereabouts are unknown.

The two below are in my collection; serial #43171S and #43172S. These are #6 and #7 of eight.

10-1861 Navy SS (F1310)-SN 43171S-10.JPG 06-1861 Navy SS (F1310)-SN 43172S-06.JPG

The below aren't mine, but they are serial number #43166S, #43167S, and #43173S. These are number #1, #2, and #8 of eight. (though #8 listed a $7,250 price tag, you will not find them today at that price).

1861 Navy Stainless Steel (F1310)-SN 43166S-(Cody Firearms Museum)-02.JPG 1861 Navy Stainless Steel (F1310)-SN 43167S (Imperato-Petrizzo-Russell)-04.JPG Ref-1861 Navy Stainless Steel (F1310)-SN43173S (#8).JPG

Serial #43168S, #43169S, and #43170S (#3, #4, and #5) have not been found.

By the way, if you are wondering if Colt still has some 2nd/3rd generation blackpowders in storage - the answer is 'NO.' Due to financial difficulties, in 2008, Colt sold their entire Archive Collection of 2nd generation (and some 3rd generation) blackpowder models to Greg Martin Auctions. Over 1,700 items that included rare prototypes, low serial numbers, and even a couple of 1861 Navy stainless steels were sold by Greg Martin in three auctions that occurred in January, March, and June of 2009. All these guns came with a Colt Letter.

If you have a copy of Dennis Russell's 'Collector's Handbook and Price Guide #6," there is a summary of the items that sold in the auctions to include the hammer price.
 
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