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I just was offered a Colt Bisley made in 1900. It appears to have been refinished. the lettering is faint and I can't find any caliber markings. The cylinder is smaller than a 45, but bigger than a 38. 44 Special and 44 magnum are too long to fit all the way in the cylinder. I assume that it is a 44-40, but I don't have 44-40 ammo to test this theory.

Did Colt mark all Bisleys with the calibers? The caliber markings on this pistol may have been sanded off when it was refinished.

Any thoughts?

Thanks, Dick
 

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Hello... I really like the Bisley Model myself. Below should answer your question my friend. Have a good one.

Bisleys were serial-numbered in the range of 156300—331916, in the same sequence as the Single Action Army. All Bisleys after No.161,376 had "BISLEY MODEL" with the caliber stamped on the left side of the barrel, which is rare for older Colt revolvers. The most common calibers were .32-20, .38-40, .45 Colt, .44-40, .41 Colt, and the British calibers .450 Eley and .455 Eley. A total number of 44,350 were manufactured. Production of the Bisley was terminated in 1912, but serial No. 331916 was shipped after the First World War. Most Bisley Standard Model Revolvers shipped to a United States address were not used for target shooting, but for self-defense, because the grip and hammer were ideal for fast shooting.
 

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Thanks for all of the help. The barrel is (roll?) stamped (Bisley Model) in parentheses over Colt Frontier Six Shooter, on the left side of the barrel.
The top of the barrel has the standard "Colt Mfg, Hartford Ct." stamping. There is no caliber stamping that I can find. Serial number is 195133.
I think Monsai52 describes it correctly as a 44-40. Now I need to get some 44-40 ammo to verify this.
 

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Thanks for all of the help. The barrel is (roll?) stamped (Bisley Model) in parentheses over Colt Frontier Six Shooter, on the left side of the barrel.
The top of the barrel has the standard "Colt Mfg, Hartford Ct." stamping. There is no caliber stamping that I can find. Serial number is 195133.
I think Monsai52 describes it correctly as a 44-40. Now I need to get some 44-40 ammo to verify this.
I believe this is the right path from your description anyway. Good luck to you with the Bisley my friend.
 

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Bisley's are very nice Colts if that is your first on that's a outstanding start. They seem to have been quite popular in the south west. Pistolero's like Pancho Villa favored them.

I stupidly missed a great one in Oklahoma back in the 70's. It probably belonged to Heck Thomas.

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