Found a revolver in the desert after a good rain

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  1. Igotpolo

    Igotpolo New Member

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    Went out for a hike here in the desert in San Diego and found this off the trail unearthed by a heavy rain. It looks to be a Colt 1851 Navy, but I’m not very knowledgeable on this subject. I respectfully ask for some info from you guys, I would really appreciate it. Serial number D61755 4 hallmarks 2 are symbols and the others are “PN” and “BC”. Thanks in advance.
     

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  2. Old Guns

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    Italian reproduction of a Colt percussion revolver. It looks like a brass 1860 frame with a 51 Navy barrel. The Italians built them like that. The 1860 has a rebated cylinder and a step in the frame. It may be a 36 or a 44. The Italians built them both ways. It is a fantasy gun as there was never a brass framed Colt. The short barrel is not a standard length.
     
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  3. Grizzley1

    Grizzley1 Well-Known Member

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    It's an Italian "repro" of a gun that was never made.

    Colt never made any brass framed .44 caliber Navy models.

    The BC is the date code, it was proofed in 1993.
     
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  4. Larry Isaacs

    Larry Isaacs Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I checked the Colt serial number log and found that the number, without, the "D" belongs to an 1851 .36 cal Navy. I know it has a D but that could have been an armorer's mark.

    Sorry, I may be off base as I do not deal in Colts only old S & W's.

    Good Luck, I am sure one of the other guys will have better insight, nice find.

    Larry
     
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    Is that a cap on the low nipple?
     
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  6. Big Shrek

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    take the grips off and drop it into a sonic cleaner...
    might still be made pretty to be a nice wall-hanger.
     
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  7. Old Guns

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    There are people out there who would like this gun just as it is and pay good money for it. As it is it makes a great display piece.
     
  8. Hawg

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    It's a brass framed fantasy .44 Colt Sheriffs model. My guess is it was made by Pietta. They like making fantasy guns that never existed. The bottom nipple doesn't appear to be capped to me but in that condition it would be inert anyway. On second thought it can't be a Pietta. It has the wrong grip shape for a Pietta made in 99. Uberti doesn't make fantasy guns that far off so I'd say Euroarms
     
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    Great for a shadw box wall hanger, throw in some Old West style playing cards and some weathered 44 caliber balls...
     
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    A little sandpaper, Rust-Oleum and some elbow grease and then shoot the heck out it. :) :D

    Nice find.
     
  11. Hawg

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    It will take more than that just to get it apart. I doubt it would be worth the effort but soak it in kerosene for a couple of months or do electrolysis on it.
     
  12. Old Guns

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    Doing anything to a gun like this is a waste of time and ruins a perfectly good display piece that only time can produce. It would sell for about the same as a working gun.
     
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    Don't let California know ,as they will make you register it.:D
     
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    Where? Not on any of the bp forums I frequent.
     
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    There are certain things that must remain unsaid in order for the universe not to get out of sync. I have done very well selling stuff like this and blown up guns.
     
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