Total production of Model 1860 Army Richards conversion revolvers is estimated at approximately 9,000 in 1871-1878, and only a small number of the early production revolvers utilized 12-stop cylinders, and a very small number are known today. This revolver was manufactured within the 1-8700 special serial number range of the revolvers that were manufactured as cartridge revolvers and has the "-PAT. JULY 25, 1871-/-PAT. JULY 2. 1872-" marking. The remaining revolvers were manufactured late within the normal Model 1860 Army range. The cylinder was replaced at some point with one of the rare 12-stop cylinders. The cylinder is numbered "784" and has "C" markings that are also repeated below the firing pin. The barrel, frame, trigger guard, and back strap are numbered "5266," and the loading gate has the assembly number "827." The barrel has a blade front sight, the one-line New York address, and an ejector rod on the right. It is fitted with a pair of grips with two screw-attached spacers and comes with a brown leather holster with belt loops on both sides, a flap that opens from the left, and "60" on the left loop. Provenance: The Gary Burghoff Collection
Very good with 25% period retailer nickel plating remaining and concentrated mostly on the right side. The balance has smooth brown patina. There is a gap at the joint of the frame and barrel lug. The grips are also very good and have moderate wear from age and use, a repair on the left, some age cracks, and small chips at the heel and toe. Mechanically fine. The holster is good and has some crackling and minor wear.
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