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Lot 405: Exempted Smoothbore Colt New Service Double Action Revolver

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Extremely Rare Documented BATFE Exempted Smoothbore .44-40 Colt New Service Double Action Revolver with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $7,500

Extremely Rare Documented BATFE Exempted Smoothbore .44-40 Colt New Service Double Action Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: New Service
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44-40 WCF
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
Stock:
Item Views: 345
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 294
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

The accompanying factory letter lists this revolver with a 7 1/2 smoothbore barrel in .44-40 caliber, blue finish and hard rubber stocks when shipped to Keim Supply Co., Philadelphia, PA on April 26, 1926. This is one of five smoothbore .44-40 Colt New Service revolvers exempted and listed by serial number by the BATFE in the Curio or Relics List out of around 356,000 total New Service revolvers. Thus, they are true rarities and particularly desirable as examples of arms that would otherwise be restricted by the National Firearms Act. Aside from the special factory smoothbore barrel, it has the standard markings and features, including matching serial numbers on the frame, crane, and grips. Smoothbore revolvers and lever action rifles/carbines were often employed by trick shooters and Wild West shows. The latter had mostly ended by the 1920s, but exhibition shooters remained popular, including marksmen and sharpshooting ladies sponsored by firearms companies like Colt and Winchester.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 60% plus original blue finish, smooth gray and brown patina where the finish has faded, minimal light oxidation, and general mild wear. The grips are fine and have moderately worn checkering, mild handling wear, and aged tones. Mechanically excellent. Do not miss your chance to get your hands on this Colt rarity!



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