Model: U.S. Army Model of 1917 New Service
Serial Number: 148171
Year of Manufacture: 1919
Caliber: .45 ACP (with moon clips)/.45 Auto Rim
Action Type: Single and Double Action with Swing Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “New Service 45 Colt”. The right side is marked “Colt's Mfg. Co. Hartford, Ct. U.S.A.”. The left side of the frame is marked “S20” above the cylinder latch, a Rampant Colt below it and “3” just behind the trigger guard. The area under the arbor on the left side of the frame is marked “P / 298901 / m”. The arbor is marked “298901”. The left side of the grip frame is marked “G”in the middle, and “G”, “D”, and “8” near the bottom. The bottom of the grip is marked “U.S. / Army / Model / 1917” and “No. 148 / 171”.
Barrel Length: 5 1/4”
Sights / Optics: This revolver is mounted with a U grooved receiver and serrated ramp front sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut with Colt medallions. A lanyard swivel is attached to the bottom of the grip frame. The grips show handling wear but there are no chips nor cracks, and the checkering is unmarred. The grip screw is slightly damaged and it's escutcheon appears to be brass with green discoloration. The grips rate in about Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: The finish on the barrel is slightly better polished than that of the frame or cylinder, suggesting that this revolver may have been re-barreled with a civilian Model of 1909 barrel.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is shallow. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 60% of its metal finish. There is wear at the muzzle, and pinprick surface erosion on the front 2” of the barrel. The cylinder shows thinning on front and rear edges, and on the flutes. The receiver shows thinning on its front edges. The right side of the receiver shows pinprick surface erosion and coarse polishing marks. The grip frame has a brown patina. The bottom corner of the cylinder latch appears to have broken off. The Screw heads are slightly damaged but serviceable. The knurled knob on the front of the cylinder ejector rod is missing. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly both single and double action. We did not fire this revolver.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a workhorse revolver from times past and certainly one of the stronger actions before the N frame Smith's. This is a correctly marked U.S. revolver except for the questionable barrel. It is classic design and will be great for WWI re-enactors and shooters alike.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R revolver can be transferred in California.
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