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CONFEDERATE RIGDON & ANSLEY REVOLVER
CONFEDERATE RIGDON & ANSLEY COLT REVOLVER
A percussion revolver manufactured by the firm of Rigdon, Ansley & Co., Augusta, Georgia. When the Leech & Rigdon partnership was dissolved, Charles Rigdon set up Ridgon, Ansley & Co. in Augusta and completed 500 or so revolvers due on the Leech & Rigdon government contract and then began producing their own revolver. The Rigdon & Ansley revolver is based on the Colt Navy and is basically a continuation of the Leech & Rigdon revolver with several improvements. The primary changes being a 12 stop cylinder, channeled recoil shield and Colt type loading lever latch. This is the standard production Ridgon & Ansley revolver with large size serial numbers and "CSA" stamping on top flat of barrel. The gun has the serial number, "2136", stamped on barrel, frame, cylinder, trigger guard, loading lever, lever catch, arbor, backstrap and wedge. There is a cryptic letter "J" stamped just forward of trigger guard. Grips are one piece walnut. Front sight is brass cone type.
Only approximately 1,000 of these revolvers were produced before Augusta fell to Sherman's army.
A fine looking Confederate revolver. All parts appear to be original to the gun including screws. Metal is very smooth with sharp edges all markings being clear and crisp. I believe it is probable that some minor refinishing has been done to even the shades of the metal out at some point. This does not detract from the aesthetics of the gun but is mentioned for accuracy. The grips are original and show only minor use wear and scattered small dings. Action is tight and crisp. Bore is good being mostly dark. A very attractive Confederate revolver in well above average condition and the pictures don't do it justice.
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