I agreed with a previous poster that this was an Italian reproduction, not knowing, nor caring, a whit the difference between an Armi San Marco reproduction and an Italian clone. I didn’t know for sure it was an Italian reproduction when I stated that, but, not to sound snobbish, but I simply can’t be bothered to learn all that h nuances between the reproductions. The important thing, to me, is to determine if a Colt Walker can possibly be the real deal, or not. IF there was compelling evidence that a poster presented a Colt Walker that appeared to be genuine, I would refer the poster to contact Herb Glass, Jr of Bullville, New York, for authentication purposes. Sadly, I have never been able to do that on this forum. But I dream of this happening one day, a similar situation to the manner in which this one was discovered:
In October the Colt was authenticated with a letter by Herb Glass, Jr. of Bullville NY, Firearms Consultant and Honorary Curator of the West Point Museum.
I use the term “fake” rather loosely, simply to mean in contrast to a genuine Colt Walker revolver dating from 1847. It doesn’t mean the Colt Walker was created intentionally to deceive, but, in contrast to a genuine one. It’s certainly easy enough to fool your friends and neighbors with little effort, if so desired. Purchase any reproduction, bury it in the back yard for a month, dig it up, and it appears genuine to anyone not a firearms nerd.
BTW, it’s tremendous fun to play revolver detective. A welcome respite from my day job.