Re: Colt d.a. 41
We really need pictures, but the only two guns I can think of that would have those markings would be Colts, the Model 1877 and the Model 1892. Both reached serial number 148197 but not until after 1900. So that gun does not date to 1897 (though the model was introduced earlier).
The marking is interesting, though, and I would wonder if it was just a way to "enhance" an old gun that may have been of little worth. The marking on the cylinder release is an assembly number.
Last edited by Jim K; 10-17-2012 at 07:42 PM..