Model: New Service Model 1909 Army
Serial Number: 44674
Year of Manufacture: 1911
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: Single Action and Double Action with Swing Out Cylinder
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “COLT’S P.T. FA. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A. / PAT’D AUG. 5, 1884. JUNE 5, 1900. JULY 4, 1905”. The left side of the barrel is marked “COLT D.A. 45”. The underside of the barrel is marked ““UNITED STATES PROPERTY””, with a proof mark, and “RAC”. The crane is marked “44674” and the crane cut is marked “44674” and “N”. The left side plate is marked with the Rampant Colt logo. The right side of the frame above the recoil shield is marked with a circled “WGP” (Army Inspector of Ordnance Stamp of Maj. Walter G. Penfield) and at the shoulder of the backstrap with “R.A.C.” (the inspection stamp of Rinaldo A. Carr.) The rear face of the cylinder is marked “R.A.C.” The bottom of the grip frame is marked “U.S. / ARMY / MODEL / 1909” and “No. / 44 / 674”. The cylinder latch is marked “K”. The bottom of the right grip is marked “R.A.C.”
Barrel Length: 5 ½”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a tall Patridge style blade. The rear sight is a “U” shaped groove in the top strap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth dark walnut with an oiled finish. The left grip has one deep compression mark and several shallow compression marks, with numerous sharp compression marks on the bottom of the grip. The right grip has multiple compression marks with shallow chips (which could be compression marks) along the rear edge. The grips rate in about Good to Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: This revolver originally had a highly polished blued finish.
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is slightly worn. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 60% of its metal finish. The barrel shows surface loss on both sides. There are also areas on the left side of the barrel and the left side of the frame that are covered with light scratches where someone tried to remove the pinprick surface erosion at those locations. There is also a spot of pinprick surface erosion on the top of the barrel in the middle of the lettering and a few scratches through the finish. The frame shows scratches through the finish, spots of pinprick surface erosion, and compression marks on the right side, right bottom edge and both sides of the trigger guard. The front strap and backstrap show thinning and frosting with small compression marks at the bottom of the backstrap. The cylinder shows surface loss around the front and rear edges and around the edges of the flutes. The cylinder also shows several deep scratches and compression marks, and has a drag line. The bottom of the grip frame shows some pinprick surface erosion. The knurling on the hammer and ejector is sharp but the knurling on the cylinder latch shows light wear. The screw heads are distressed. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup is SOLID on all 6 chambers. The single action trigger pull is crisp. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol has a lanyard ring on the bottom of the grip frame.
Our Assessment: This revolver was made for the U.S. Army in 1911 at the same time the 1911 pistol was being introduced. It was chambered in .45 Colt unlike the later model 1917 Army which was designed to fire .45 A.C.P. rounds in half-moon clips so that the same ammo could be used in both pistols and revolvers. This pistol is in Fine condition with inspection stamps from both R.A.C. and W.G.P. on the frame and R.A.C. on the grips. It has a nice bore and outstanding cylinder lockup, especially for a revolver that is over 100 years old. The metal parts were polished before bluing, unlike many of the 1917 revolvers, giving it a nicer finish. This revolver will certainly get the attention of the Colt collectors out there, especially those with an interest in ones of pre-WWI quality. If it slips by them, it will make someone a great revolver for home protection.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible revolver can be transferred as a dealer sale in California and can be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R's and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS'd. This does not apply to out of state residents.
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