Gun: This is a Colt U.S. Army Model 1909, in .45 Colt. The gun is a Colt New Service Revolver manufactuered in 1911. The serial number is 33849, the barrel is 5 1/2". The left side of the barrel is stamped "Colt D.A. 45", the top of the barrel is stamped with the later 1905 barrel address. The rampant colt is stamped on the left side of the frame. The military markings include an "R.A.C" and an "F.B" on the right frame, "R.A.C"'s on the heels of both grips and "U.S. / Army / Model / 1909 / No. 33 / 849" on the heel of the grip frame. "United States Property R.A.C" is stamped on the bottom of the barrel, "33849" is stamped on the inside of the frame and on the cylinder swing arm and there is a "K" on the cylinder latch.
Condition: The gun is in 95% or better condition. I believe this to be a very high quality restoration. The barrel has 100% original finish as the address and stamps are fresh and certainly not ever polished. The only indications that this may be a restoration are a few light dings at the top strap (barely noticeable) and on the right frame, and these are under the bluing. Either way, the gun looks to have a correct colt finish, with factory quality metal preparation and deep stampings. The grips are smooth walnut, the bore has sharp and clear lands and grooves, with only slight signs of age. The bore is excellent for a 98 year old gun. All small parts are correctly fire blued. The action is tight. Restored or not, this is an absolutely beautiful 1909 Revolver; one of only about 14,000 1909's shipped to the U.S. Ordinance department. Included with the auction is a photocopy on heavy stock paper of the New Service revolver section from Warren Tiift's 1952 book "Colt Cartridge Pistols."
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