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COLT 1ST MODEL SQUARE BACK 1851 NAVY

                         

This is a solid, very good condition, 1st Model Square Back Navy.  These guns number between 500 & 1000, which are found below serial number 1250 in Colt 1851 Navy production.  When you compare to the total production of 1851 Navies, which is about 255,000m these 1st Models are rare indeed.  They are generally found in well used condition.  This gun came in in an untouched, attic condition.  No one had ever cleaned the gun.  I disassembled the gun and cleaned the crud out of the crevices, which gave me good opportunity to examine it's completeness.  It is 100% original, nothing has been replaced.  It has all matching numbers including grips, cylinder pin, barrel wedge, barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap, loading lever and cylinder.  The internal components are all original as are all the screws.  The 1st Model Square Back as high dome screws, which are present here.  The grips are slim-jim in configuration and the most notable feature is that the screw is below the upside-down barrel wedge.  This approach to the barrel wedge was unique among Colt's efforts.  The cylinder pin has a notch in the top of it instead of the slot through the middle of it, which accommodates the barrel wedge.  This feature disappeared in favor of the more traditional slotted cylinder pin by serial number 1250.  This gun has a strong barrel address, some cylinder scene still showing and is in a smooth brown patination with some light pin prick pitting. It was not heavily used, the cylinder still retains all the safety pins.  It appears to have suffered from bad storage more than anything.  A solid, very condition, all matching, all original, 1st Model Square Back 1851 Navy.  Price $6,750.  SOLD!!