Manufactured in 1901. In 1902 the Ordnance Department purchased 4,600 Model 1902 revolvers in the serial number range of 43,401 to 48,097, with a few being reported higher than that range, like this example. The revolver has the distinctive oversized trigger and trigger guard that are characteristic of the Model 1902 revolvers. The top of the barrel is marked with the one line address, "45 COLT" on the left side and the circled Rampant Colt on the lower left rear of the frame. The upper left front of the trigger guard and the left rear of the frame is marked with the inspectors initials "R.A.C." The right of the frame is marked "J.T.T." and "U.S." The complete serial number "48/183" is marked on the toe of the butt and the partial serial number "8183" is marked on the loading gate. There is a "P" marked on the bottom of the barrel directly ahead of the frame. Fitted with blade and frame groove sights, checkered hard rubber grips with the Rampant Colt in an oval at the top, and lanyard loop on the butt.
Extremely fine, retains 90% of the bright original high polish blue finish and 85% plus of the original nitre blue with the balance having thinned to a smooth grey patina primarily on the edges and the grip straps. A spot of cold blue is visible on the left side of the barrel, rear of muzzle. The grips are very fine with a few scattered minor dings and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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