Army Colt Special 38

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7 years ago #1
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Hello, I have a Colt Army Revolver, I am not sure of the date it was made. It is claimed to be issued and used in World War I. Some engraving states PATD AUG 5 1894, JUNE 5 1900, JULY 4 1908. Also engraved Colt Army Special 38. It is really a nice gun. I just have no idea of it's value. If anyone has an idea, or where I may obtain any information on a vintage Colt, it would be greatly appreciated.

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7 years ago #2
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it looks like you may have a 1892 new army civilian model..i don't see a lanyard ring on it ,,i may be wrong but i'm hoping david chimes in here ,,he's more of an authority on these old colts,,from what i can see i would say the value is easily 500-1000 and mabey /proably more..but without knowing the eaxct model i' wouldn't want to say more ,,appeares to be pretty nice condition wise but there were some variations made within a couple years and it's hard to tell which one this is..
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7 years ago #3
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Thanks for the info, any idea where the actual model info is on the gun?

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7 years ago #4
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thes old colts didn't have the model number stamped on the gun ,,if it was a military model usually they have a laynard ring on the bottom of the grip,,and it would proably be marked US ARMY MODEL 1894 with the serial in the same aera bottom of the grip strap,,in your case you go by the patent dates ,,the model is usually within a couple years of the last date shown in your case yours is proably a model 1909,,,what is the serial number #list it like this and omit the last 3 digits with X's 123xxx,,that way i can double check the military serial numbers just in case it might be military,,and double check the pistol for and 3 letter markings near the top of the grip on the left side as shown stamped into the metal,,i really can't tell if there might be military proofs there ,,and also let me know if theres any other markings or proofs on the pistol,,mabey near the end of the trigger guard right side of the frame....these were aera where proofs may be found on military colt revolvers,,also one other thing it does look like it may have been reblued because it just looks too clean for a 100 yr old revolver ,,if it was reblued then you can almost cut the values in half unless it was done professionally.and then it may not hurt the value unless the markings on the barrel have been polished down ,,which some gunsmith do when refinishing and reblueing ,,it's not hard to do because alot of these ol;d colts were well worn and it was practice and still is of reblueing them..but collectors don't want reblued guns they want originals !,,
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7 years ago #5
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Wow, thanks for all the information, you have been very helpful. Now I may be able to learn more about the gun. I asked my father about it and he said his mother gave it to him, as it was his Uncle, who was a seargant in World War I. Apparently, it was in storage for the last 60 or so years, I do not think it was redone. It looks original, the engravings are deep and clear. Thank again for sharing your knowledge.

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7 years ago #6
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YOUR WELCOME when you get a chance look at the serial number i might be able to tell ya more from it,,thats a really clean colt and i'd say you have a good collectors item and surely to go up as the years go on..
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6 years ago #7
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Curt
I have a colt army special 38.
with the first numbers 437. It has the black bake-lite grips blued with normal wear. chamber and barrel are nice and clean.It is exceptionally tight and smooth.
Can you help me find out what year it was produced?
Thanks Jim Howell
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5 years ago #8
onealberto
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It looks like an Army Special Officers Model, depending on the serial # it was build in the 1910 - 1915, in good condition is worth about $500

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5 years ago #9
Ken O.
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Anyone know about these (2) Colt Revolvers?

I have an old CAL.38 WESTERN RANGER (BELGIUM)with #22684 on the grip bottom and deer emblems on the black bakelite grips. Does it have any value?

Also, What can you tell me about a COLT 45 with PAT SEPT.19.1871., JULY.2.-72.,JAN.19.-75. with #33336 in a couple places.
It was given to me by my grandfather, I remember when I was around 10 and I could hardly hold it up. It has wood grips, is worn some, and it has an old black leather holdster. I think I remember hearing that is was his grandfather's old calvary pistol. Is this correct? What is the approx. value?

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Ken O.

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5 years ago #10
Chris56
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Your gun is a Colt Army Special Revolver as indicated in your post. It replaced the New Army and the New Navy Revolvers manufactured from 1892 to 1907. The Colt Army Special guns were manufactured from 1908 to 1927. With your first three digits of you serial number I can give you your date of manufacture. The serial number is located on the frame and the crane. Open the cylinder and it should be located on the frame surface covered by the crane. Also it should have the matching number on the crane. Colt also scratched the same serial number on the inside of the grips. This gun became the Official Police revolver with minor differences in 1927.

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4 years ago #11
chuck
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i have one 441 is the first 3 on the serial. colt army special .38 it has a pearl handle. can u tell me what it might be worth or how old it is.

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4 years ago #12
Colt Army Special 38
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I also have a colt Army Special 38. This is info on the barrel: Colt's PT,FA. MFG. CO Hartford CT. USA
Pat'd Aug 5 1884 June 5 1900 July 4 1905

The metal at the bottom of the grip DL51 GHB

There is not a lanyard hole. It is worn but in good shape considering its age. I too was wondering of a value. I think the serial # is 493826 F

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Jim Keenan

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4 years ago #13
mike
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i havea colt 38 army special with the serial number 359708 and is in very good condition and is either nickle or chrome plated and on the botton of butt on the metal it has the name,,,,PEIRCY,,,,whats it worth or do you know

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4 years ago #14
Jim K
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Thanks for info, I appreciate it.
Jim K

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7 months ago #15
JP
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Would you like to get rid of it?

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7 months ago #16
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JP - you are replying to a 3-year old thread.

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3 months ago #17
fenrisw01f
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I have one oddly enough that I might option. The first 3 of the serial are 357XXX. Same dates stamped along the top. Can email pictures if you would like. Action is nice and tight.

I was on here looking for info on mine actually.

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3 months ago #18
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fenrisw01f - sorry, but offers to buy, sell or trade are prohibited by the rules of this site. A link to our rules is found at the bottom of every page.

We would be glad to tell you as much as we can about your Colt but email addresses are blocked by the software on this site.

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