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Trying to date this pistol. On the barrel, the stamp says:

COLT'S PT F A MFG CO HARTFORD CT USA
PAT'D AUG 5 1884, JUNE 5, 1900, JULY 4, 1905

The number stamped on the inside is:

1 07988
A

Now as best I can tell this means the gun is either in the series 1969 A100000 (with the A being stamped below the main number?)

or the series

1914 90000 - 110000

The barrel doesn't preclude either date. The history of the Gun's OWNER doesn't preclude either date. I tend to favor the 1969 date, but I'm curious.

http://www.vialarp.org/images/colt_pistol.jpg

Any interpretations
 

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I believe that dfariswheel and others with long experience will tell you that the serial numbers are all stamped in a row and that the letter below is an inspector / assembler mark.
 

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Looking at your photo, Your revolver is definitely a pre-WWII Police Positive Special, so the 1969 date is out. The 1914 date is probably correct. I don't have serial number info for Colts, but I was told here that my 6" Police Positive Special first issue, serial # 270xxx was made in 1923. Hopefully, one of the other members can tell you exactly. The serial # is inside the cylinder yoke. hope this helps!
 

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1914 began at serial 90000 and 1915 began at 110000 (per Wilson). So it looks like 1914; hammer style and patent date would be correct. The inside of the stocks had the serial number scratched inside, you can check that out. (The hard rubber was replaced with walnut about 1924). A gun with stories to tell.
 

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JDEAN...

yours looks VERY much like mine. did we have the same person caring for them?

this was my great grandfathers. he was a deputy sheriff in Weakly County Tennessee...



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