This is the last of three firearms I received in trade for a Mini-14, the other two being Winchester lever actions already submitted to the forum. Of the three, this is the only one I’ve fired, and doing so convinced me of the wisdom of the U.S. Army adopting .45-caliber handguns a century ago. This baby packs a wallop, on both ends. Although I’m not normally a wheel-gun kinda guy, I have great respect and appreciation for the Colt. This Colt model 1917 .45 revolver is serial number 258007, and military serial number 109919. It’s an all-numbers matching weapon, except for the penciled number under the grips. All appropriate manufacturer and military markings are in place, including Mr. Hosmer’s famous “H” inspection marks. The number 1932 appears on the piece on several components; I’m told that this was a parts-tracking number added when the gun was disassembled and worked. The bore looks strong. There is minor holster wear on the muzzle, and a small nick on the top of the barrel. The ejector rod head is a recent but hopefully correct addition; there was none in place when I got the Colt. Unfortunately, it appears that the .45 underwent a rebluing at some point in its lifetime, as the pictures would indicate. Although most of the markings continue plainly visible, someone was a little heavy handed on the frame. The rampant horse is observable but faint, and the “S-20” inspection mark above it can only be seen – at least to my aging eyes – under magnification. So, forum, thumbs up or thumbs down? Value?