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At what point in the history of Colt or even S & W for that matter start using hang tags? Or including them with a firearm? I had always been under the impression that they were supplied by the seller, not the manufacturer.

I saw a 39 Colt revolver last night that had the "hang tag" along with papers & box, struck me as a red flag.
 

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The Colt factory used hang tags of various sorts from before WWII to very recent times. John Ogle has an entire chapter on them in his new book: "The Book of Colt Paper 1834-2011" (Blue Book Publications, 2011). Chapter 20 shows hang tags for the Colt hammerless double barrel shotgun in 1891, various tags for .22, .32, .38 and .45 caliber pistols, AR-15 rifles and even the Colteer .22 rifles and Colt bows. Hang tags are usually the first piece of paper to go missing from a boxed gun and consequently are quite difficult to find.
Of course, gun sellers did often add their own tags, usually price tags.

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At what point in the history of Colt or even S & W for that matter start using hang tags? Or including them with a firearm? I had always been under the impression that they were supplied by the seller, not the manufacturer.

I saw a 39 Colt revolver last night that had the "hang tag" along with papers & box, struck me as a red flag.
Welcome to the forum. Each manufacture is different , but Colt hangtags have been around since before 1939 for sure.

John
 
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