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Auction Date: April 21, 2013

Lot 1830: Colt - Shooting Master

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Outstanding Documented Colt Shooting Master Double Action Revolver with Box and Factory Letter
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $4,750
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Serial #Colt - Shooting Master ManufacturerColt ModelShooting Master
TypeRevolver Gauge38 Catalog Page294
Barrel6 Inch Round FinishBlue GripWalnut
Stock ClassCurio & Relic Handgun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionManufactured in 1936. The top of the barrel is marked with the two line address/patent dates and the left side is marked "COLT SHOOTING MASTER .38". The left side of the frame is marked with the Rampant Colt and the matching serial number is on the frame and crane. Elevation adjustable blade front sight and windage adjustable rear sight. Checkered grip straps and fitted with checkered walnut grips with silver Colt medallions. The accompanying factory letter verifies the caliber, 6 inch barrel and blue finish with grips as "Not Listed", that it was sold to John Oberlies of Dayton, Ohio and shipped as 1 to Shapleigh Hardware Company, St Louis, Missouri on December 31, 1936. John Oberlies was a Gunsmith in Dayton, Ohio, a business he started repairing and improving his own guns. He made custom stocks and gun parts using what by todays standards would be antiquated equipment such as a hand forge for color hardening actions, heat treating and tempering of items and foot powered lathe. Included with the revolver is a copy of an article from a "The Gun Report" magazine with an article featuring him. Complete with an original maroon pebble grain box with gold "COLT/Shooting Master" on the lid and wooden handled cleaning rod. The inside of the lid is marked in pencil "341808/38/c 6"/SB".

ConditionExcellent plus with 99% plus original blue finish remaining, showing only a faint drag line on the cylinder and overall slight handling/storage marks. Mechanically excellent. The box is fine with some material loss and corner wear on the exterior, and some contact wear on the inside.
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