.: Abe Lincoln may have freed all men :.
- but -
.: Sam Colt made them equal :.
- but -
.: Sam Colt made them equal :.
- Near the end of 1860 Army production - workers simply grabbed whatever usable parts there were on the floor and in the warehouse and assembled them into new (mis-matching) Armies, used the parts for repairs, etc.
- Early models (barrel address) where marked "ADDRESS SAM COLT HARTFORD CT" then "ADDRESS COL SAM COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA" while the left side of the frame was stamped "COLTS/PATENT" and left rear shoulder of the trigger-guard strap was stamped "44 CAL."
- Military contract guns have Inspector Cartouches (on grips) and single and/or double letter(s) on some of the metal parts.
- Soldiers had the option of keeping their Armies when leaving service by having a few dollars deducted from their Mustering-Out pay.
- From January 4th, 1961 through November 10th, 1863 the War Department furnished over 107,000 Armies becoming known as the "New Model" and the previous 1948 version was then called the "Old Army Model."
- The Armies (fixed sights) were set at 75 to 100 yards.
- Ordnance and Ordnance Stores - War Department - Washington City dated February 10, 1863. 106th PA Volunteers were issued Colt's Army Revolver ($20), Belt Holster ($.75), 192 E. B. Cartridges ($17 50 Per M).
- A number of Armies (above serial number 158,000) were shipped to London from the Hartford Factory. Some of them had British Proof-Marks with a New York Address (ADDRESS COL. COLT LONDON).
- Approximately 60 Colt Revolvers (1960 Army, 1861 Navy and 1862 Police) were Presented by Samuel Colt as "Presentations" to Civil War personalities, politicians, etc. in 1861. You will notice a number of "Presented by Samuel Colt" displayed below...
- The 1860 Army uses the same size frame as the .36 caliber 1851 Navy while the barrel on the 1860 Army is shorter than that of the 1851 Navy which allows the Army to have a longer cylinder.
- In 1871, Colt employee Charles Richards was awarded a patent for converting Colt percussion models to breech loading cartridge revolvers called the 1860 Richards Conversion - estimated production was 9000.
- In 1872, Colt employee William Mason was awarded a patent for an improvement to the Richards Conversion Model and was called the Richards-Mason Conversion (rear-loading metallic cartridges revolvers - SN range 5800 to 7900) - estimated production was 2100.
- Another Army conversion was the Richards Transition (Richards II) which combined the early Richards Conversion Model ejector with the Richards-Mason Conversion ring and gate and hammer - estimated production was less than 1000.
- dogface6 put together some great shipment history - SEE: The Colt Model 1860 Military Contracts... (11/16/2014 11:07 AM)
I contacted CHARLES W. PATE about his upcoming book - it is at the publisher (Mowbray Publishing) right now. I sent a e-mail to the publisher for a projected release date. Will keep ya informed... (4/17/2016)
- Heard from the publisher! "...We don't have any date yet, however we do have the book and we will be publishing it. We are working on his Directory first, then the Colt 1840, I'd have to say maybe less than a year. Will let you know when I hear something..."(4/17/2016 4:35 AM)
- Heard from the publisher! "...The Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver by Charles W. Pate - First placed on the market only six months before the start of the war, the Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver quickly became the preferred sidearm for both sides of the conflict. Details: Hardcover with Dustjacket, 8.5" x 11", 462 Pages, 900+ B&W Photos..." (1/2/2018 10:22 AM)
- Heard from the publisher! "...The new Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver book by Charles Pate has finally arrived from the printers. We will be shipping out all preorders this week. We ship by U.S. Mail so please allow 10 days to 2 weeks for delivery..." (1/29/2018 12:37 AM)
DATE OF SHIPMENT
1 through 200,000+
Date Shipped from Colt
Arsenal or Soldier
Guns in Shipment
2,800 Deliveries Identified
November 25th, 2020
- A great source are Auctions - they not only list available Armies but they also provide history (when available). This is a great source for those researching their Armies.
- Every few days I search and am amazed how many more finds become available!
- I would especially like to thank everyone who has sent me extensive lists of serial numbers, etc. that they have collected since acquiring their armies.
- I would also like to thank members that have sent me a copy of their Colt Archive Letters to add to this list.