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SN 48504. Cal. 45. Fine martial colt with 7-7/16″ bbl that has been bored out to smooth bore. It was the orig sight with 3-line patent numbers on the frame and 1-pc walnut grip. It has the second style ejector rod housing with bullseye ejector rod head. Left side of the frame has “101” stamped over the large “U.S.”. The 101 stamping also appears on the butt strap. The HN inspector initials appear on the bbl, frame, hammer, trigger guard, cyl and top of the backstrap. Grip has a tine “HN” on the bottom of the right side but there is no evidence of a cartouche on either side. This exact revolver is pictured on p. 61 of Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers, a Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn. Accompanied by a Colt factor letter identifying this revolver with bbl length and type of stocks not listed and indicating shipment April 24, 1878, to the U.S. Government Inspector at the Colt plant in a shipment of 150 same type guns. Also accompanying is a letter from the Springfield Research Service wherein it states this revolver was issued to Pvt. William Hageman of Troop K of the 3rd U.S. Volunteer Calvary. It was reported stolen on July 28, 1898, at Camp Thomas, Georgia, and apparently was never recovered. Pvt. Hageman was from Nebraska and had enlisted in the Nebraska National Guard prior to his unit being assigned to the 3rd U.S. Volunteer Calvary on May 1, 1898. An additional packet of information details Pvt. Hageman’s military service and a record of the Board of Inquiry regarding the loss of the revolver. Additionally accompanying is a letter from Jerry L. Murphey to Paul Hoffman of Vista, CA, authenticating the 101 stampings. Ex Paul Hoffman collection. CONDITION: As noted regarding the bbl, otherwise is fine retaining a smooth even light artificially aged patina over all with some very fine pitting on the bbl. Trigger guard and backstrap screws are replacements. Grip is sound showing light to moderate wear and a few light nicks and scratches and retains a smooth hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp. Light pitted bore. Undoubtedly this was one of the 101 Ranch trick shooter’s show gun. 50935-3 (16,000-20,000) – Lot 2343

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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