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Old 01-23-2009, 03:32 PM   #21
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Good Gravy almighty. If it is an orginal he's probably sitting on a million farking dollars.

He talked with a teacher who knew about them. His teacher told him about the italian models and what to look for. His teacher is somewhat convinced it's an original.

The originals were not stamped "Buntline Special."

And, the originals had folding rear sights, were intended to be used as revolving carbines, though were not furnished with the metal stocks. Also, they had hard rubber grips.

Notice, too, this gun is of the smokeless powder era, from the location of the cylinder pin latch screw. The original "Buntlines" of the Ninteenth Century were made on the blackpowder frames with the retaining screw insereted from the front of the frame, not crosswise.

If this is a true Colt, it is of later edition. Still, not too shabby in value. If condition warrants, maybe worth $1000.00 or so.

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Old 01-23-2009, 06:33 PM   #22
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The originals were not stamped "Buntline Special."

And, the originals had folding rear sights, were intended to be used as revolving carbines, though were not furnished with the metal stocks. Also, they had hard rubber grips.

Notice, too, this gun is of the smokeless powder era, from the location of the cylinder pin latch screw. The original "Buntlines" of the Ninteenth Century were made on the blackpowder frames with the retaining screw insereted from the front of the frame, not crosswise.
There weren't any original Buntlines from the 19'th century. Colt has no records where any were made Per Ned Buntline. You could order long barrels for standard Colt's at 1.00 per inch over 7 1/2 inches. Good point about the cylinder latch. I overlooked that myself. The cross pin cylinder latch came into use in 1892
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:42 PM   #23
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Eh it's no problem. The thing will just go up in value if he continues to pass it down to his family. It was a gun his Grandfather won in a card game...I don't think he was going to sell it either way anyhow.

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