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Lot 36: Colt Bisley Flattop Target Model .32-44 S&W Revolver

Desirable Antique Colt Bisley Flattop Target Model Single Action Army Revolver in Extremely Rare .32-44 S&W Caliber with Factory Letter

Auction Date: December 6, 2019

Lot 36: Colt Bisley Flattop Target Model .32-44 S&W Revolver

Desirable Antique Colt Bisley Flattop Target Model Single Action Army Revolver in Extremely Rare .32-44 S&W Caliber with Factory Letter

Auction Date: December 6, 2019

Estimated Price: $7,500 - $11,000
Price Realized:

Desirable Antique Colt Bisley Flattop Target Model Single Action Army Revolver in Extremely Rare .32-44 S&W Caliber with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Bisley
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 32-44SW
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 32
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1898. This is one of only 976 Bisley flattop target revolvers manufactured by Colt between 1894 and 1914, and only one of 17 of this model reportedly chambered in .32-44 S&W cartridge, one of the rarest calibers for this variation. The accompanying factory letter lists this revolver as chambered in .32-44 caliber (barrel length illegible in the factory ledger), blue finish and hard rubber grips when shipped to Montgomery Ward & Co., Chicago, Illinois, on December 29, 1898. The barrel is stamped with the one-line Hartford address on top and "(BISLEY MODEL) FOR 32-44 S & W CTG." on the left side. The left side of the frame is stamped with the two-line patent dates marking followed by a circled Rampant Colt. The revolver has a replacement adjustable blade front sight, a dovetailed notched rear target sight and Rampant Colt embossed checkered hard rubber grips. Matching full serial numbers are on the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The rear cylinder face has the matching last three digits ("319") of the serial number. The revolver correctly has an all blue finish with the exception of the casehardened hammer.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 80% original blue finish with thinning and high edge wear on the balance. 50% original case colors remain on the hammer. The slightly undersize replacement grips are very good with a repair near the bottom (right panel) and some wear along the top of the checkering. Mechanically fine. A rare caliber of the Bisley Target model missing from even the most advanced Colt collections.



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