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scarce! Colt New Model 1861 Navy – RICHARD / MASON Cartridge Conversion

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An eye appealing example of Colt's earliest cartridge pistol design, the Richards / Mason Conversion of the .38 caliber 1861 New Mod. Navy was there effort to enter the breach loading cartridge market while utilizing a huge over stock of left over Civil War percussion parts both from overflowing assembly bins at the factory and from completed and used percussion revolvers that had been returned to Colt for the cartridge modification. Necessary new components, primarily the Richards patent recoil shield, loading gate, cylinder and hammer firing spur along with the Mason patent ejection rod and housing were manufactured by Colt to complete the conversion. Conversion numbers, in this example matching the last four digits of the original percussion frame serial number (32533), were applied to the cartridge loading gate and new unrebated cylinder. This example appears to have left Colt in the whiteand was clearly re-issued with new factory grips mounted on the old well used percussion frame. (A desirable example of a Civil War vintage manufactured and used conversion base, serial number 32533 of the New Model 1861 Navy percussion revolver was manufactured in 1863.) Remaining in excellent condition, the barrel length of this example appears to have been shortened in the period to 5 ½ inches with the application of a bead front sight. This desirable example of the seldom found Colt offers matching numbers and marked -PAT. JULY 25, 1871- -PAT. JULY 2, 1872- on the frame with -ADDRESS COLONEL SAML COLT NEW-YORK AMERICA- on the barrel. With a number of minor production variations, limited records and the scarcity of existing examples to study, per Norm Flayderman’s guide total manufacture of this model conversion was limited to approximately 2200, these arms have been a bit of a challenge to collectors in so far as variation specifics. Excellent references are: James Serven’s Colt Cartridge Pistols (pub. 1952); Colt Firearms- 1836 – 1954 by the same author, (pub. 1954) and E. Dixon Larson’s Colt Tips (pub. 1972) As always Norm Flayderman’s Guide to American Antique Firearms offers good general information while variation specifics will require the earlier references. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

A note about firearms: WE EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE. IT IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED FIREABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM WILL CONSTITUTE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT WITH THE ABOVE.



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