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Old 01-22-2009, 06:15 PM   #11
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Well---looks like it might be a Colt, and a "Buntline Special", but it dates
quite a bit newer than 1877. More like 1957 or newer.

What is the Serial Number?? X out the last couple of digits. Looks like
the Buntline Specials are in the normal Single Action Army serial number ranges, so we can date it to the year.

Blue Book--(24 edition, I need to get a new one!!) list a price for the
1957-1975 Buntline Special from $750 for a 60% to $1,695 for a 100%
Not sure yours would even make 60% from the pictures.

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Colt never did refer to their long barreled sixguns of the period as Buntline Specials. Their Single Actions were never officially dubbed Peacemakers either. It was simply the Model P. In 1957 they did tie into the legend of the long barrels with the introduction of the Second Generation Buntline Specials. Instead of the standard barrel marking of "COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45" on the left side of the barrel, all of these modern long barreled .45's are marked "COLT BUNTLINE SPECIAL .45". They are in the same serial number range as other Single Action Army Models however, the early Buntline Specials are numbered on the barrel in front of the cylinder pin also. According to Don Wilkerson's The Post-War Colt Single-Action Army, 1650 Buntlines were produced in 1958, while a total of 4000 blued and 65 nickeled specimens were manufactured totally from 1957 until the last one left the factory in 1974. All Second Generation Buntlines, save one, a 16" model, are 12" barreled .45's. According to George Garton, author of Colt's SAA Post-War Models, 72 Second Generation New Frontier 12" Buntlines were produced, as well as three additional nickel plated but engraved standard Buntline Specials.

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Not sure either way I think it's an original. It may not be but I think it is.

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Not sure either way I think it's an original. It may not be but I think it is.
An original WHAT? Colt? Appears to be. Might be a copy, but let's assume
it's a genuine Colt.

Buntline Special, manufactured between 1957 and 1975? Pretty good chance.

Late 1800's original example of a long barrelled P model? Nope.

Third time---What's the serial number?? Colt serial numbers as they relate
to the year of manufacture are well documented. List the SN. You don't
have to list all the numbers, X out the last 2 or 3. Be sure to include any
letters before or after the SN. Let's figure out FOR SURE when this thing
was made.
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An original WHAT? Colt? Appears to be. Might be a copy, but let's assume
it's a genuine Colt.

Buntline Special, manufactured between 1957 and 1975? Pretty good chance.

Late 1800's original example of a long barrelled P model? Nope.

Third time---What's the serial number?? Colt serial numbers as they relate
to the year of manufacture are well documented. List the SN. You don't
have to list all the numbers, X out the last 2 or 3. Be sure to include any
letters before or after the SN. Let's figure out FOR SURE when this thing
was made.
Colt is anal retentive about their serial numbers showing the date of manufacture.
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Ned Buntline is supposed to have commissioned this weapon in 1876, but the Colt company has no record of receiving the order or making any such weapon. He based its conception on the idea of making a revolver that would be more precise and could be easily modified to work similarly to a rifle. Weapons were produced so that he could give them to the prominent personalities of the Wild West. Wyatt Earp is stated by Lake to have received a Buntline Special, along with four other personalities, including Bat Masterson, but actual evidence of the Earp or other revolvers is in conflict. According to Lake, the four other recipients of the Specials cut their barrels down to the standard 7-1/2" length, but Earp kept his at the original 12" length. By the 1950s, many interested parties had come to regard the legend as totally apocryphal. The revolver was never mass-produced, but could have been specially ordered from the Colt factory in Hartford, Conn. Several such revolvers with 16-inch barrels were displayed at the 1876 Centennial Exposition and over-long barrels were available from Colt at one dollar per inch over 7.5 inches. Company records show no order for the specific weapons nor any orders directed to Ned Buntline. This does not absolutely preclude the historicity of the revolvers. Massad Ayoob writing for Guns Magazine cited notes by Josie Earp where-in she mentions an extra long revolver being an Earp favorite. He further cites an order by Tombstone, AZ bartender Buckskin Frank Leslie for a revolver of near-identical description. This order predated the O.K. Corral fight by several months (Ayoob,2007)

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He found two numbers on it. It's not an original I bet but it's still a neat find netherless.

1 0 6 0 S A on the metal underneath the revolver

And then
BB 3 1 2 7 on the barrel.

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Not sure either way I think it's an original. It may not be but I think it is.
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He found two numbers on it. It's not an original I bet but it's still a neat find netherless.

1 0 6 0 S A on the metal underneath the revolver

And then
BB 3 1 2 7 on the barrel.
Interesting. The SA after the number indicates that it's a postwar gun.
SA suffix numbers started in 1956 with 0001SA. 1060 SA would be a
1956 gun. The odd part is that according to my reference the Buntline
wasn't made until 1957, and the first one was 12476SA. Have him look
a little closer at that 1060 number??
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He's taking it to someone to confirm. It's an original colt that is for sure. He just has to determine what time period it came from. Either they Earp TV show days...or the Real Earp days.

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It is a Colt but not from the 1870's. On early guns the rampant pony is smaller and inside a circle. Serial number 1060SA dates to 1957. Still a good piece.

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He's taking it to someone to confirm. It's an original colt that is for sure. He just has to determine what time period it came from. Either they Earp TV show days...or the Real Earp days.

Please let us know how it comes out. I'm kinda curious about that
1060SA Serial number. Doesn't quite match up with my reference
book on Colts. Given the markings I'm betting on Earp TV show.
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