A Look at a Beautiful Early-Production Named 1860 Colt Army

05/5/20 6:00 AM | by

Colt 1860 Army

John Russell is an avid Civil War collector who brought a very rare and collectible 1860 Colt Army with him to a Texas Independence Day Party in late February. The Colt Army was used extensively by both sides during the conflict with some 200,000 produced of which more than 129,000 were ordered by the Union Army alone.

With a serial number of 10,095, this particular Colt is all-matching, including the wedge.

matching Colt serial numbers

Matching serial numbers on this gun make it a very desirable collectible (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

The Colt still has traces of the cylinder seam and a strong address on the barrel, with all signs leading to a collectible firearm. Owned by Capt. Samuel Starr of the 3rd Missouri Infantry Regiment (Union), it is a four-screw Colt meaning it was set up to take a shoulder stock attachment.

A nice closeup showing the Colt Patent mark. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

Starr fought at the Battle of Chickasaw Bluffs and The Battle of Arkansas Post, among others during the war and died of illness during the conflict. The Colt revolver is complete with Starr’s holster which was engraved, “Samuel H. Starr – Co. D – 3rd MO Inf  – Lyon Bagd – 1862.”

Sam Colt impression

A nice impression showing the designer and manufacturer of the revolver. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

While this vintage named revolver is not up for grabs at any price, if you’d like your own collectible Colt head on over to our Collector’s Corner where history is just a click away.


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