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My best friend picked this up recently. The seller told him it was a commercial pistol not military. When I saw it I noticed cartouches on both grips and told him he should get a Colt Archival letter as it was probably was a military pistol after all. Well the letter just came in and it turns out the pistol was purchased by the War Dept. In June of 1862. Here are some pics.

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My best friend picked this up recently. The seller told him it was a commercial pistol not military. When I saw it I noticed cartouches on both grips and told him he should get a Colt Archival letter as it was probably was a military pistol after all. Well the letter just came in and it turns out the pistol was purchased by the War Dept. In June of 1862. Here are some pics.

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This is a decent Colt M1860 with much better than average grips. With letters on these costing $300 from Colt, it is neat to see a letter every now and then.
 

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You should let SWOwner know. He has a sticky thread at the top of this Percussion forum where he is reocrding as many military, lettered 1860s as he can find.
Thanks for the suggestion. I posted this find yesterday. SMILE
 

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The seller had no reason to suggest this was not a military Colt - perhaps the seller looked at the Colt reference book written by He Who Must Not be Named which says that the US contract Colt 1860s had a US stamped under the COLTS PATENT on the side of the frame - such a US stamp applies to the Colt 1851 Navies, but NO COLT MODEL 1860s WERE STAMPED US ON THE FRAME! NONE. EVER.
In any event, even without the letter, this is clearly a nicely marked and inspected military contract 1860, accepted by the US.
 
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