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I have a Colt double-action marked .32 WCF on the barrell with 4.5" barrell, counterclockwise cylinder rotation marked 151 on yoke and latch. 276 on one line and XXX below it on the butt. I think is is an 1889 navy civilian model. It has short flutes.
 

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Sorry, but that is a Model 1895, made in 1907. The Model 1889 does not have any locking notches on the perimeter of the cylinder. Also, the 1889s were only chambered in 38 Long Colt and .41 Colt. How is the timing and lockup? Not a bad looking piece!
 

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Thanks for the info--it has about a 32nd of slack but rotates fine. What value would you place on this?
 

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Thanks for the info--it has about a 32nd of slack but rotates fine. What value would you place on this?
These Colts have not gotten a lot of love over the years. Partly because there were so many made and partly because the action was not very robust and gunsmiths tend to shy away from working on them. However, the fact that yours is a .32 makes it more interesting as that chambering didn't come along until near the end of production. Prices are difficult to do based on two little pictures, but your gun is probably worth somewhere in the $3-400 range on a good day. Hope this helps.
 

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The above estimate is maybe optimistic. Yours is not in collector condition. Its a shooter and it appears someone tried to clean it up with emery cloth. If it functions fine, there is probably a 32-20 shooter out there that will buy it, even though a army special/official police or police positive special in 32-20 would be more desirable as it has a more modern action should something ever break. The above guns are slow movers even when chambered in 38.
 
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