Your "New Model Army" .44 with 7 1/2" octagon barrel is not a replica of any actual historic revolver. All the Colt Army Models had round barrels. The Dragoon models were called Army Models at the time, later Old Model Army to differentiate it from the 1860 Army Model.
Possibly this could pass as a reproduction of a Southern made copy of a Colt, as I believe Dance Brothers made an 1851 Navy look-alike in .44 Caliber.
As to date of manufacture, it would be hard to say. These Spanish made guns started coming into the country around 1960 or so, as Civil War Centennials were coming into vogue and re-enactment groupps began searching for firing replicas. I believe Dixie Gun Works, of Union City, Tennessee, was one of the pioneers in the importation of these guns.
WHOA! In my haste I neglected entirely the fact that what you may have is a replica of an 1858 Remington New Model Army. If you gun has the top strap then that is what you have. I jumped the gun,literally, in assuming it was a copy of the Colt. I sincerly beg you pardon.
Last edited by Bob Wright; 05-15-2009 at 02:47 PM.