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PRIME CUSTER RANGE LOT FIVE SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER

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PRIME 7th CAVALRY RANGE LOT FIVE SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER

PRICE   $  38,750.00

DESCRIPTION

Colt Single Action Army revolver serial number 4695. Martially marked, 45 caliber with 7.5-inch barrel. Revolver was part of LOT 5, serial range 4500-5504, shipped on January 28,1874 from the Colt factory to the Springfield Arsenal. This group of 1,000 revolvers was then shipped to the Rock Island Arsenal who in turn issued them. The revolvers in LOT 5 were designated for issue to the 7th US Cavalry. According to John Kopec's definitive study "COLT CAVALRY AND ARTILLERY REVOLVERS" the primary issue of 755 revolvers to ten companies of the 7th Cavalry was substantially from LOT 5, serial range 4500 to 5504.

The revolver is accompanied by a letter from John Kopec. In the letter Mr. Kopec states that this gun is a previously unknown serial number and a new addition to the research database. He also states that this revolver falls between two serial numbers that have strong 7th cavalry association including Lt. Luther Hare's revolver, sn 4597. Another revolver sn 4729 is listed as being a "Presumptive Pine Ridge Sioux Indian Reservation, Indian Use" example.

The revolver remains in the original cavalry configuration and it is believed that most of these guns that escaped recall for alteration to artillery revolvers were either lost, captured or stolen by a cavalry deserter.

There are less than a handful of revolvers that can be positively identified as having been issued to and carried by Custer's 7th cavalry prior to and during the Battle at Little Bighorn. The revolvers from Lot 5 are considered the primary issue revolvers carried by Custer's men at the battle and are scarce and extremely desirable.

CONDITION

    An original 1874 manufacture Colt SAA with matched serial number 4695 accompanied by John Kopec letter.

The revolver has a natural brown patina throughout. The color of the frame appears a more streaked bluish color. The barrel address is worn and there is a pitted area just forward of the ejector tube. The ejector tube is serial numbered. The revolver is fitted with an old-style mainspring.  The grip cartouch has possibly been "freshened".

 

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