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While you're waiting, I'm the proud owner of Mr. Best's book and, if those grips are numbered to the gun, it appears to be the civilian version of the New Army Model of 1894. The military models were .38 caliber and the Navy models had the word "COLT" on the grips, rather than the Rampant Colt with roses. On page 183, the author states, "By December 1902, serial numbers for the civilian New Army Model of 1894 revolver production were in the 193xxx serial number range...." I agree it appears to have been reblued, which will detract from its value.

I realize I'm sticking my neck out here, but if I need correcting, I'm sure Bob will do it gently. He's a pretty nice guy. And wrote a darn good book!

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