Could the frame be Colt? Also, is there an assembly number under the frame (inside the gun) that matches any on the inside of the loading gate?
Barrel numbers on an original Colt SAA revolver look nothing like these do both in location and font.
I think they are dents caused by the firing pin hitting between the chambers.What is the purpose of the cylinder rear face peen marks between each chamber? It looks like they were intended to prevent a correct diameter cartridge from being inserted. An early way of deactivation, perhaps?
That is an issue conflicting with my earlier posts. I originally speculated the "44" was the caliber but, either the overall diameter of the cylinder is smaller or the chambers larger....there should be more 'meat' there if it is a Colt cylinder. There is a number on the periphery of the cylinder which would not be there if the cylinder had been reduced in diameter. Or, the number was applied after the cylinder was reduced. As pointed out earlier the maker of the cylinder really doesn't make a difference at this point as the gun is a relic. It is an interesting piece though with the various and variety of numbers etc. on the parts. Regards.The thickness or lack thereof of those cylinder walls is pretty scary. I think GRI has nailed it regarding the manufacturer, but I have seen better worksmanship on some of the Khyber Pass hand made copies of guns.
It really interesting to hear everyone's comments and questions. The wood the grips are made out of was once beautiful. Have know idea what type of wood, but additional pics added.I'll say a few things here, none of which will contribute to anyone's knowledge about this ol' revolver.
First, welcome to the Colt Forum. And what a great way to begin your membership! Such an interesting thread, and with enough well done photographs so that all the knowledgeable members here can really see what's being talked about and to state well-informed opinions.
I don't believe anyone's mentioned the grips yet? Smile. Not exactly what we think of as checkered, are they? But they took a bit of hand work, I think. The lines are straight and the design is well-spaced. And take a look at that grip screw!
Lots of folks would say that gun and its condition don't merit a second look. But it sure sparked an interesting discussion, and brought to light some things that a lot of people, myself included, didn't know about.
Post #16 here hits the nail on the head for me. I wouldn't mind being "stuck" with that gun, myself. And kudos to the OP for hanging on to it for so long.
Is that some sort of a stamp or partial imprint of one on the inside of the right grip panel? Down towards the bottom?