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Lot 29: Colt Bisley Flattop Target Model Revolver in Scarce .32 WCF

Auction Date: December 6, 2019

Rare Colt Bisley Flattop Target Model Revolver in Scarce .32 WCF Caliber

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,000

Rare Colt Bisley Flattop Target Model Revolver in Scarce .32 WCF Caliber

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Bisley
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 32 WCF
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 25
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Manufactured in 1899. Approximately 976 Bisley flattop target model revolvers were manufactured, with only 131 produced in 32 W.C.F. caliber, so surviving examples are scarce in any condition. The top of the barrel is marked with the one line address, "(BISLEY MODEL) 32 W.C.F." is on the left side, and the two-line, three-patent date marking is on the left side of the frame followed by the circled Rampant Colt. Matching serial numbers and "1045" assembly number on the loading gate. The revolver has the distinctive Bisley target grip with the special flattop target frame with a dovetailed target rear sight and adjustable German silver front sight. Blue finish with casehardened hammer and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with the Rampant Colt in an oval at the top.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 70% plus original blue finish remaining, showing some muzzle and high point wear, a smooth mottled gray on the back strap and part of the front strap, and overall some scattered minor dings and scratches. The hammer retains most of the original vivid case colors. The replacement grips are also very fine with a few minor dings and crisp checkering. The Rampant Colt on the frame is faint, but writer believes that to be a factory error. The other markings are clear. Mechanically excellent.

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