Colt da41

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  1. john 7110

    john 7110 New Member

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    Can you tell me anything about this pistol including what it might be worth. It is a Colt DA 41,S/N692. Pat.Aug5,84 Nov6 1888.It has a 3in. barrel.It was blued but most is worn off.This gun looks to be very usable.It has a leather flap holster that looks original. Thanks for any help.

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  2. StoneChimney

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    It would appear you have the Model of 1889. Please look on the bottom of the butt to make sure the serial number is only 3 digits - this gun has commercial grips and the first 5000 should be Navy issue.

    The serial number can be in two lines like this:

    12
    345

    on the bottom of the butt.

    In any event, you have an example of the first swing-out cylinder Colt revolver model. Assuming it's all correct, value in the $500-$800 range.
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    john 7110 New Member

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    Sorry I am new here not sure if my reply went through. The butt of the gun has#'s 25 374 with a big X below the numbers. What can you tell me about this? Thanks for your help.
  4. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    I would say the barrel has been shortened.
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    john 7110 New Member

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    I have read that this pistol had a 3, 4 1/2 and 6 inch barrel.Not real sure. It sure doesnt look like it has been shortened.
  6. RJay

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    Manufactured in 1906, They were made in 3 inch barrels, but the 3 inch is rarely seen.
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    That gun is the Model 1889, and it was manufactured in 1893 by serial number. It had been discontinued long before 1906 in favor of the New Army and New Navy Models of 1892-1903. The 1889 is identified by the lack of notches on the cylinder for the cylinder stop (they are on the rear of the cylinder) and the longer cylinder flutes.

    The barrel certainly appears to be the factory 3". To be sure, the barrel rollmark should be in 3 lines on the top of the barrel.

    Congratulations on a fine old Colt.
  8. oscarmayer

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    the barrel has not been shortened it seems to be factory. but as noted the short barrelled guns are rare. which adds to the value. my guesstimation on the value would be 800 to 1100 due to the barrel lenght.
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    StoneChimmeyis right, I was looking at the Army/Navy. The Namy Model 1889, finished at serial number 23500 in 1983 and 1894 finished at serial number 28000/31000. Sorry about that.
  10. john 7110

    john 7110 New Member

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    Thanks to everyone for the information on this pistol.Can anyone direct me to collectors that may be interested in the purchase of this pistol?
  11. oscarmayer

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    try the colt forum lots of colt nuts there willing to over pay for the rights to own another colt :)
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